Vinton Feeds the World 2017 God's Work, Our Hands September 10, 2017 1:00p.m. Vinton Skate Center 1703 "C" Avenue
2017 Goal: 25,000 meals $275 will feed 1,000 people
1 in 8 Iowans are food insecure 1 in 5 Iowa children does not have enough to eat 64% of food insecure Iowans have to decide between paying for food or paying for medical care or medicine 65% of food insecure Iowans have to decide between paying for food or paying their utilities
While food banks see veterans as far back as WWII, the most common eras are Vietnam and Desert Storm. According to Feeding America's 2014 Hunger in America Study, 40% of clients receiving food distributed by our local HACAP Food Bank in Hiawatha are Veterans and their families. This is the highest percentage of any food bank in the nation and it is double the national average.
In the United States, as a whole, the statistics show that 1 out of every 6 people is food insecure, the majority of those people are children.
The international statistics are far more dire. Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths in children under five. One out of six children in developing countries are underweight. One in three children in developing nations are stunted.
This congregation has shown that we want to do something to help people that are food insecure. We support our local food bank monthly, we put quarters in the offering that go toward the hunger campaign, and we've helped fund a barnyard. We also have a "hands on" approach to fight hunger.
In September 2017, we will have our fourth annual food packaging event. Over the last three years, we have packaged 111,000 meals. This year, our goal is to package another 25,000 meals.
We believe it is very important to help people locally as well as internationally so we split the meal distribution 50/50.
Each meal costs .25 for local meals and .30 for international meals.