Helping Local Food Insecure Families
Providing Hope calls upon their volunteers each spring to plan, design and choose seeds to cultivate community organic gardens to help local food insecure families.
In the United States, one out every five children is food insecure. In Monmouth and Ocean Counties, over 19,000 children receive food from pantries, soup kitchens and other feeding programs. In 2010, 17.2 million households, 14.5 percent of households (approximately one in seven), were food insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the United States.
Each year in April, Providing Hope plants the seeds to begin the process of helping our local families. Our student volunteers help maintain and harvest the gardens. These students gain insight into growing their own food source while giving back to the community.
During the holiday season, Providing Hope partners with food drives lead by a local school district. Our volunteers purchase non-perishable food and the students prepare individual food baskets. Local food insecure families are given the food baskets for their Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.