Frequently Asked Question #2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7 & 8:
Where did all of these families and kids come from all of the sudden who need help with food? What did they do before this Program came along in the Summer and at Christmas? Would they starve without your Program? Isn't it the families responsibility? Don't the families receive assistance? Why don't the parents (grandparents, great-grandparents, aunt, etc) work? Why do your volunteers keep giving so much of their time and your community keep giving to an endless need and isn't it someone else's problem? Doesn't the government take care of this?
These kids have always been here, as have their families. Remember our stories about the child who lost weight over Christmas break? Remember the story about the child who was dumpster diving or the children who cry when school is out because they know they won't have food? If you don't remember those stories, we will be happy to share them again. Before our Program came along teachers and school staff helped children on their own.
Before our Program came along, some children simply went hungry (and without water).
Some of our children would never go hungry. Their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents would sacrifice to see the kids were fed. As one mother told us, "My children would never go hungry. They would be home alone while I worked and eat bologna every day, but they would not go hungry. You have no idea how excited they are to get their lunches every day and have the volunteers show up. They feel loved and so do I. Thank you."
Yes, every family is responsible to feed their children. Some children have no "adult" in charge who worries about feeding their children. So we show up to help the kids. Some do receive assistance, but it never reaches the kids.
Some children have a single parent, working parents, grand parents or great-grandparents who are doing the best they can and struggle, but will see their kids are fed. So we show up to help them and their family and it is a blessing to be able to help them as they work and struggle!
We keep doing what we are doing for these reasons:
We consider it a blessing to be able to help the families who are struggling to take care of their families. We are blessed to help.
We show up for the children who no one is worrying about, because we find hungry children unacceptable in our community.
It is not someone else's problem. It is our problem and our honor to help. We are a community doing the impossible together. If anyone has any questions, please ask. We don’t know every story. We don’t ask. We just help the kids and follow our directive. Mark 6:37