Peer Partners - Project Kids Feeding Kids

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Peer Partners - Project Kids Feeding Kids

United States
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Each year more than fourteen million children in the United States are hungry or at risk of hunger and every fourth person standing in a soup kitchen line is a child! These hungry children are more likely to get sick and be absent from school. They are also more likely to suffer from reductions in physical growth and even impaired brain function. Our Venture works to inspire and organize youth to participate in productive ways to help end child hunger. The focus is not only on the needs of the hungry youth of today but also on how to progressively move toward an end to hunger in the future of America.

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Venture Field

Youth Volunteer Service

Year of Venture Launch

2005

Name

Daniel

Role in the Venture:

Peer Partners Co-Founder; Project Kids Feeding Kids Founder/President

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Venture Description:

Each year more than fourteen million children in the United States are hungry or at risk of hunger and every fourth person standing in a soup kitchen line is a child! These hungry children are more likely to get sick and be absent from school. They are also more likely to suffer from reductions in physical growth and even impaired brain function. Our Venture works to inspire and organize youth to participate in productive ways to help end child hunger. The focus is not only on the needs of the hungry youth of today but also on how to progressively move toward an end to hunger in the future of America.

Venture Origin:

After learning about child hunger at a local soup kitchen I began participating in hunger walks, food collections & volunteered at our Community Food Bank. I learned more and more about child hunger in America and decided to use my love for baking to bake a difference while educating youth about the importance of nutrition in the learning and development.

Innovation

We engage and educate our community through fundraising competitions and events to include our baking, essay and t-shirt competitions, year round bake sales, food collections, and more. We created and sold baking books and designed anti-hunger pins to generate money for the Hurricane Katrina victims. We are different because we are totally youth run, we have generated unique and creative approaches to fundraising and we ARE feeding hungry children in America!

Impact
Impact:

<ul><li class="entry-label">Impact: <span class="entry-text">The money raised to date has funded more than 14,528 meals for children that might otherwise have gone unfed. The hundreds of pounds of food we have collected for our local food bank has helped to feed the hungry children in our community. In that process, we have educated our community regarding the consequences of hunger on a child's growth and development while empowering individuals who experienced hunger themselves to describe their experience through our essay writing contest. </span></li><li class="entry-label">Engagement with the community: <span class="entry-text">We have been joined by literally hundreds of youth from church, 4-H, girl scout, student council, and Key Club organizations as well as by charitable organizations, municipalities, the media and dozens of merchants both locally and nationally. Businesses faithfully support our fundraising efforts whether it involves donating money, product, and/or services, and community members repeatedly donate or volunteer their time in support our fundraising goals. </span></li><li class="entry-label">Impact and engagement progress since launch: <span class="entry-text">When we began, the press rarely printed our project announcements, the radio only occasionally encouraged involvement and community members were quick to challenge. Now, when we knock on doors we are acknowledged for our good work and commitment to the betterment of our world. People have a greater awareness of the fact that there are hungry children in their own neighborhoods that need our help.</span></li><li class="entry-label">Impact and engagement strategy: <span class="entry-text">Our strategy is set in stone; volunteering together and making a difference. We are recognized as a hard working and committed group of youth who continuously strive to make a positive difference in the lives of those less fortunate. We are visible year round and we never stop engaging and educating members of community. We plan to continue to be creative in our approaches while introducing fundraising efforts that unite and engage other youth and adults in our community. </span></li><li class="entry-label">Awards: <span class="entry-text">State Farm Good Neighbor Grant, Prudential Spirit of Community Bronze Medal Award, American Red Cross Community Hero Award</span></li></ul>

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<ul><li class="entry-label">Amount of Youth Venture seed grant: <span class="entry-text">$900.00</span></li><li class="entry-label">Money raised: <span class="entry-text">Since receiving our seed grant we have raised an additional $17,885 with our creative fundraising efforts and our innovative design and marketing of our baking books and anti-hunger pins! </span></li><li class="entry-label">Creative ways of raising resources: <span class="entry-text">We simply never let a door close once it has been open. We send out thank you cards, reminders of our upcoming events, announcements of our successes and acknowledgements of the positive impact our business and community members have made. Our thank you cards are personal and always include a photograph of the person donating or the event that was sponsored. </span></li></ul>

Strategy:

<ul><li class="entry-label">Expansion plan for next 6 months: <span class="entry-text">We continually reach beyond the boundaries of our community. We have expanded to neighboring counties in our state and have satellite efforts in Ketchikan Alaska. Through our website we plan to continue to educate others while enlisting the support of our peers in ending child hunger in America. </span></li><li class="entry-label">Plans for sustaining the project: <span class="entry-text">We continue to apply for grants to help fund our goal to engage members of the community in creative and challenging ways. We have passed on responsibilities to our younger members and our local high school has embraced our goals as theirs. We also continue to manage our website which serves as a portal for youth interested in volunteerism. </span></li><li class="entry-label">Vision for three years from now: <span class="entry-text">In three years I envision that we will be closer to ameliorating child hunger in America. We will have secured more food to feed our hungry youth while ensuring them a healthier tomorrow. We will have increased awareness regarding the benefits of good nutrition on normal growth and development and we will have fostered greater awareness and involvement with assisting those in need. </span></li></ul>

Project impact:

This Venture improved the lives of many children by increasing their access to nutritious meals. That is what we are continually striving to accomplish by raising money to help end child hunger. The money we raise goes right back to the children in the community who need it most. Just $4.13 a day provides a child with three healthy, nutritious meals. To date, our Venture has provided three (3) healthy meals to over 4843 children! Each dollar we raise impacts the life, mind, and future of a child. And while the many pounds of food collected at our food drives do not have a calculable money value they also provide endless opportunities to assist in the nutritional needs of hungry youth. This Venture has also engaged numerous youth in service and empowered individuals who personally experienced hunger to share their experience through our essay writing contest. The surrounding communities embraced this project by allowing us to be part of their annual festivals and block parties. This exposure triggered a significant change in our community as evidenced by the growing support we receive as well as the awareness of child hunger that has since been acknowledged. Not only did we make easier the lives of those we helped but we also made it easier for community members to join in the effort and make a difference. It has been a win/win situation for everyone involved. We look forward to continuing to ensure a healthy future for every child!

Sustainability
Youth Venture movement - what it means and how you can contribute:

Becoming part of the Youth Venture movement has contributed a great deal to our foundation. We too believe, wholeheartedly that youth have the ability to positively change their communities and that youth involvement should be both valued and respected. Our involvement in the Youth Venture movement has helped us to strengthen that perception in our community. Our Youth Venture Team has proven that with hard work and determination we can make a difference. In addition to the respect that we have received from the adult members of our community we have also received respect from, and involvement by our peers. The Youth Venture movement has also been instrumental in helping us create alternatives that we may otherwise not have had access to while fostering our awareness of and involvement with other youth efforts across the country. We plan to continue to inspire and invite youth to take action and to remain part of a generation that will be remembered for our proactive involvement in the betterment of our world.

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