We are feeding more and more families with our “1 CAN A WEEK, YES WE CAN” Program.
We work with the families of food insecure children in various elementary schools and community programs. We help to provide supplemental food supplies. In 2013 and 2014, we also distributed food to 100 families at Glassmanor Elementary School, which is the neediest Title One Elementary School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In 2014, we estimated we served over 700 individuals. We gave over 135 turkeys, non-perishable food supplies, snacks to families. The Shepherd’s Cove Women and Children’s Homeless Shelter in Prince George’s County was given, Turkeys, food supplies, sofas as our commitment to fulfill their wish list. Through our partners and volunteers, we collected and distributed work attire, adult and children’s coats and hats and gloves for the children. Through our food collection program, “1 CAN A WEEK, YES WE CAN,” we hope to meet the short term objective to get 100,000 people to give one can of food a week for one year (52 weeks). This would generate 5,200,000 cans of food a year. We believe most people, would be willing to give one can of food a week to help feed the food insecure children in their communities. This is a simple concept to generate supplemental food supplies. If many people give a little bit all the time, there should be more than enough to feed our children.
Of course, we want families to get fresh produce to supplement their family’s food resource, therefore this year we have a plan to partner with other organizations to bring in fresh produce from local farm communities to support our efforts and their efforts to feed the hungry. Look for much more to come on these activities! We are excited about the development of these new partnerships.
The Charity Carrousel 2015 Program Accomplishment and Collaborations
In 2015 the Charity Carrousel increased its overall activities to support the community in efforts to engage the community and in its support of families and collaborations with multiple community groups.
Our largest fund raiser event is the Charity Carrousel Golf Tournament. This year we will host our 4th event on June 24th at the Oak Creek Golf Course in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
We are proud to report that we served more than 1000 individuals with the various support provided through the food bundles/baskets that were given by the organization directly and through the distributions of the various other organizations we support with our resources.
Thanks to our many volunteers we were able to serve many families in 2015. We welcome individual givers, organizations, sports teams, offices, etc. who can join by creating a giving program even for a short period of time. Ultimately, our objective is to create ongoing small giving through communities of people, so families can get supplemental food supplies all year long.
“Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Unemployment rather than poverty is a stronger predictor of food insecurity.”
46.5 Million People were living in poverty
26.5 Million People between the ages of 18 -64 were living in poverty
16.1 Million Children under the age of 18 were living in poverty
3.9 Million Seniors 65 years of age and older were living in poverty
49 Million Americans lived in Food Insecure households;
33.1 Million Adults
15.9 Million Children
7 Million Households experienced Very Low Food Insecurity
In the state of Maryland, despite the ongoing and improving record to stem this issue, the latest figures indicate:
The food insecurity rate is 13.1%m | Child food Insecurity rate is 19.3%
I believe we can do our part to reduce these numbers, if many people give a little all the time there should be more than enough to feed hungry families in our community.
*Source: Feeding America