Zero by 2020

If you are familiar with us you probably know what "Zero by 2020" means. It represents our goal to eliminate childhood hunger in Boone County by 2020.

By current estimates there are just under 3ooo children in Boone County who live with on-going food insecurity. That means that nearly 20% of our children may be going to sleep nightly without having enough to eat or worried about where their next meal is coming from. Even short-term or periodic food insecurity can negatively affect families physically and emotionally. Our immediate goal is to secure their food situation, then help them to achieve self-sufficiency.

To learn more about childhood hunger view the following presentations from our recent Panel Discussion on March 6, 2012:

Hunger in Indiana by Robin Miner from Indy Hunger Network
Food Insecurity and the Health Impacts on Children by Jane Buroker from Witham Pediatrics of Anson
Boone County Hunger Initiative by Kelly Sollman, Principal at Hattie B. Stokes Elementary, Lebanon Community School Corporation

Please join with us to eliminate childhood hunger in Boone County. "Zero by 2020"

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Goals:

  1. By 2015 - Reduce childhood hunger by 50% in Boone County.
  2. By 2020 - Eliminate childhood hunger in Boone County

Three Initiatives Established by the Hunger Initiative Committee:

  1. Kids at the Table - Kids At the Table is an on-site feeding program which provides a hot meal to school age children, after school through the school year, at Stokes Elementary School and at the Lebanon Boys & Girls Club. At the LBGC, three meals a day are offered through the week during summer break.
  2. Food Pantries - The Caring Center provides supplemental food through our client choice food pantry. The Hunger Initiative committee has been instrumental in helping us to provide nutritious food (fresh fruit & vegetables and milk and other dairy products) to our clients. The Stokes food pantry opened in the fall of 2010 using a start-up Grant provided by Gleaner's Food Bank..
  3. Table Talk - A new program started in the Fall 2011 to help families manage their food resources with bi-weekly meetings to discuss their food situation, attend cooking and nutrition classes and review expense budgeting techniques. Food is provided by the Caring Center to ensure that these families are completely food secure.

Kids at the Table (KAT) Program - Two Locations

Location #1: Lebanon Boys and Girls Club, 403 W. Main, Lebanon– 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday year round.
• Volunteers are needed to serve food and to provide homework assistance.

Location #2: Stokes Elementary School, 1005 Hendricks Drive, Lebanon – 4 to 5:30 pm, Tuesday - Thursday through end of April 2012
• Volunteers are needed to serve food, to provide homework assistance and to help build literacy skills.

KAT activityBackground

This program is targeted at school aged children on the free/reduced lunch program and provides experiences in health & fitness, homework assistance, games and a nutritional meal.

Volunteers are needed for this program and more training sessions will be held. Please call the Caring Center at 765-482-2020 if you are interested. Volunteers need to be sixteen years of age or older.

KAT group 3Please check out the 2010 Feeding Our Future slide show.

History of Kids at the Table

In August 2009 we held several fundraising events for this program and formed committees to get a kid's cafe up and running. On March 8, 2010, in partnership with the Lebanon Boys and Girls Club, the first KAT - Kids at the Table session was held at the Lebanon Boys and Girls Club.

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1230 Ransdell Court, Lebanon, IN 46052   •  Phone: 765-482-2020 (Caring Center);
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1230 Ransdell Court
Lebanon, IN 46052

765-482-2020 (Caring Center)
765-894-6772 (Classic Reruns)
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Tu, Th, & F - 11 am to 5 pm
1st Sat each month - 9 am to Noon


Feeding Our Future Slide Show:

Feeding Our Future - July 2010

 

 

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