HOW WE WORK

Feeding the Hungry

Hunger is a basic need that must be eradicated before anyone can achieve their full potential. Hunger is a major problem in every community and around the world. The Lift a Life Foundation is partnering with hunger relief agencies that are global and local to help feed more people. We are attacking the hunger problem with a threefold approach.

World Food Program (Global)

Currently, 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy and active life. The Lift a Life Foundation partners with World Food Program USA to provide school feeding in the region of Karamoja, Uganda. Through the World Food Program, we provide more than 100,000 boys and girls a healthy school meal. These meals prevent children from dropping out of school and gives them the opportunity to unleash their full potential. 

Dare to Care Food Bank (Louisville, KY-Local)

Dare to Care Food Bank leads our community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need. One in six people in Kentucky go to bed hungry. Dare to Care fulfills its mission through innovative programs, efficient operations, and by partnering with local food pantries, shelters and kitchens to get food to people in need. The Lift a Life Foundation partners with the food bank to fund the Community Kitchen, which provides hot and healthy meals to over 30 school sites every single day. When children are nourished, they are able to learn, grow and reach their full potential. 

Hunger Innovation Fellow

The Lift a Life Foundation is testing a new approach to attacking the hunger problem. Lift a Life and the Community Foundation of Louisville are partnering to create The Hunger Innovation Fellowship to provide social, intellectual and financial capital for an individual or team to research opportunities for systems-level change within Louisville’s food ecosystem. Identified opportunities will have the potential to significantly accelerate and elevate the collective efforts of local organizations and their partners to end hunger in Louisville, Ky.

 

Did You Know?


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41.2 million people

in the United States of America live in food-insecure households as of 2016. That includes 28.3 million adults and 12.9 million children.

Households that have higher rates of food insecurity than the national average include households with children (17%), especially households with children headed by single women (32%) or single men (22%), Black non-Hispanic households (23%) and Hispanic households (19%). 

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Kentucky ranked 6th

of the 15 states exhibiting significantly higher household food-insecurity rates than the U.S. national average (17.3%) or 1 in 6 people.

22%

of Kentucky's children are food-insecure.

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1 in 7

Louisville residents lived in concentrated poverty in 2015.

16.1%

of Jefferson County residents experienced food insecurity in 2015. 17% of children in Jefferson County lived in a household experiencing food insecurity.

In 2017, Dare to Care Food Bank distributed 11.8 million meals in Louisville, KY, including 3.7 million pounds of fresh fruits and veggies.

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815 million people

were affected by hunger globally. That number increased by 38 million people from 2015

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22 million children

in America received free or reduced-price lunches each school day in 2015 from the National School Lunch Program.

Fewer than 4 million children

in America received food assistance during the summer.

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46%

of American children from low-income families said hunger negatively affects their school performance.

12%

said they’re sometimes too distracted by hunger to do their homework at night.

Kids who experienced food insecurity in their first five years of life are more likely to lag behind in social, emotional and, to some degree, cognitive skills when they begin kindergarten.

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62%

of low-income parents worry about running out of food for their children before having enough money to buy more. 35% of kids share that fear.

23%

of low-income parents have been forced to reduce the size of their kids’ meals due to financial restraints.

34%

of low-income parents said they can’t afford nutritious and well-balanced meals for their families.

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SOURCES:

http://www.feedingamerica.org/assets/pdfs/fact-sheets/poverty-and-hunger-fact-sheet.pdf
http://www.kyagr.com/Kentucky-AGNEWS/2016/Hunger-study-finds-food-insecurity-levels-remain-historically-high.html http://www.feedingamerica.org/research/map-the-meal-gap/2014/map-the-meal-gap-2014-exec-summ.pdf https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/report-reveals-the-reality-of-childhood-hunger-in-the-us_us_59836e88e4b08b75dcc5d0bb https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/23/520997010/kids-who-suffer-hunger-in-first-years-lag-behind-their-peers-in-school http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/world-hunger-report/en/