Food for Home's Mission:
We hope to live up to Jesus’ words:
“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…”
“…Feed my Sheep…”
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
We hope to provide food for children in need at Massillon Middle School.
The Need is Great
According to the Stark County Hunger Task Force*:
For the hungry and food-insecure children of Stark County, the only meals they can count on often come from in-school initiatives. But if these children are in need Monday through Friday, what happens when they go home for the weekend without the safety net of school breakfasts and lunches? The sad truth is that these children have to worry about where their next meal will come from. They show up to school on Monday morning without having eaten enough, or very much at all.
1 in every 4 Stark County children is hungry, or food-insecure, meaning their families often struggle to put enough food on the table.
Some live in poverty, some do not, and a hungry child looks just like any other. But the cost of childhood food insecurity is staggering, and the stakes have never been higher.
How does Hunger Affect Children?
Lack of enough healthy food can impair a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school.
They are more likely to be sick more often, to recover from illness more slowly, and to be hospitalized more frequently
Increases the chance they will have significantly higher levels of behavioral, emotional and academic problems, and issues with aggression and anxiety
They are more likely to experience headaches, stomachaches, colds, and ear infections; and they are less likely to be rated in “excellent” health vs. kids from non food-insecure homes.
Puts them at a higher risk for classroom difficulties, including less achievement gains in math and reading, increased inattentiveness, and even repeating a grade.
What happens on the Weekends?
The need for a food program for Massillon Middle School is great! There are roughly 800 students who live in food insecure homes.
You can help
There are many ways you can help provide nutritious meals for these children:
Volunteer to Pack the Meals
Volunteer to stock and organize the food
Donate to help purchase the meals
Donate nonperishables for the meals
Food for Home
First Christian Church
1020 Wales Rd NE
Massillon, OH 44646