Friday, June 26, 2009

Are You Comfortable?

From Kids Against Hunger - Cincinnati's founder and Executive Director, Larry Bergeron.....

The heat of summer is here. Your A/C is on, cool drinks are stocked up and all kinds of food is available.

Now imagine being a 5 year old child in sub-Saharan Africa or Haiti or India. It is 100˚, there is no water to drink and your last meal was 3 days ago. In many cases, to make the suffering worse, your parents are gone. Bad summer movie? Boring summer TV re-run? Hardly. It is a never ending horror show.

30,000 children will die today all over the world from hunger. Requests for help from our Kids Against Hunger Factory are rising weekly.

We do not see this kind of suffering in America. Many would say we are blessed. We are. And with the blessings come responsibility.

Together we can help alleviate suffering this summer. You can Volunteer at the Kids Against Hunger Factory and you can Donate Now online.

None of the Kids Against Hunger food ingredients are donated, discontinued, defective or distributed by an economic stimulus bill.

Did you know that we can feed a hungry child for just 25¢ a meal, only $10 a month – just $125 a year?

Ask your church to help with a special offering or a donation from the mission or compassion budget.

You can be a blessing.

Will you? Sam & Esther are waiting.

Larry Bergeron
A Child's Hope International
Liberty Township, OH 45044

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dante Alighieri

He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it. -Dante Alighieri, poet (1265-1321)

Submitted by: Donald Johnson, frequent KAH volunteer and Pack 929 Assistant Cubmaster/Popcorn Kernel
Thanks Donald!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fund Raising ideas

As many of you already know, KAH-Cincinnati runs entirely on donations by amazing people like you. None of the ingredients are supplied by the government, donated by stores, neither are they discontinued or defective. All of the food is high quality, fresh and purchased at prevailing market rates.

Just as critical as the time you donate to help pack these life saving meals, so are the financial donations we use to purchase the ingredients for these meals. The financial donations are also used to ship these meals around the world.....and around the corner.

KAH-Cincinnati along with A Child's Hope International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. As such, all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

There are many ways that funds can be raised and here are some ideas to get you started. Can you think of others? Let us know by leaving a comment! The best idea of each month gets a free Kids Against Hunger tee shirt! To win the monthly contest, please leave your suggestion with as many details from your personal fund raising experience in the comment section at the bottom of this post. Please include your email address so we can contact you if you win! For examples of how other groups have help raise donations for KAH-Cincinnati, please visit here.

1. Get the small Kids Against Hunger boxes for use in school classrooms, laundry rooms at home, etc. They are only $1 each. Show your family, friends and neighbors and ask if they will help feed a child.
* One box filled with coins can feed over 400 children!

2. Keep one of the larger KAH boxes in your church or office with a small sign and encourage people to make frequent deposits when they see it; when they collect $54 in a box send us a check and start all over.
* One box of food will feed 216 children – and it is only $54.
* Keep a count of the boxes at the display so people know that they are making a difference

3. Sell items that are not needed in your home – make room for other things!
* Sell on ebay, Craigslist or a local consignment store and ask them for help after you share the KAH story with them
* Need help with selling on ebay – let us know!

4. Have your sports teams get involved
* Ask your Upward Bound basketball team to collect 25¢ for each rebound that their team catches or 25¢ for every base hit in Little League, for every blocked soccer goal, etc...

5. Submit an application to your Mission Committee at church for support to KAH
* Bring your missions pastor to the "Factory" to see what happens and why this is such a great program for people of all ages – family friendly ministry

6. Apply for matching funds at your place of employment – specify A Child's Hope International (a 501c3 company) as the recipient of your gift and of your employer
* Ask your employer for a company day (i.e. Live United) and come to the "Factory" having raised funds in the office

7. Collect unwanted gold jewelry and bring it to the "Factory"
* We will collect and sell as part of the Melt Down for Kids Campaign

8. Get some people together for “Sack It”
* Each person pays for one 50 pound sack of rice (an important ingredient in what we pack) on the day they pack – they buy it at the door and take it to their packing lines for processing
* Set up a really cool “Sack It” display in the church lobby or office – have sacks of rice with signs and a table for people to sack it for just $20 – they are buying rice for your team to pack

9. Start by sponsor a child for $10 a month
* that is what costs to feed one child with this program

10. Have your church VBS program support Kids Against Hunger – the theme is Kids Helping Kids
* We have great promotional material for you to use.

11. Ask Child Sunday School classes to conduct a 25¢ drive to help hungry kids
* then ask the adults in the church to match 4:1 – for every 25¢ the kids raise, the adults pay $1

12. Encourage everyone you know to use Goodsearch instead of Google on the Internet
o See for details

13. Have a Kids Against Hunger party at your home sharing the needs of children and then asking for ideas on how your guests can help – many will ask what does it cost?
o Show them the Sam & Esther video on our DVD or web site and then ask them to help

14. Show pictures of children, tell your friends that we can feed that child for $10/month - can they commit to doing that?
o give them a KAH magnet for their refrigerator

15. Host a family fun night, inviting the families to donate to KAH the amount they would have spent taking their family out to dinner. Some might give the “fast food” amount and others the “sit-down dinner” amount
o Have some KAH displays around, show them the Sam & Esther video

16. Have a huge yard sale with others in your neighborhood, office or church and tell people that all proceeds go to helping starving children
o people who stop by and hear why you are doing this (HAVE BIG SIGNS) will give and not negotiate the price

17. Ask the local pizza store to donate 25¢ for each pizza sold – promote their business and see what happens
o Place a sign and poster in their store

18. Ask the local grocery store if you can help bring grocery baskets to the cars of people when they leave the store
o People will ask why you are doing this service, give them a flyer on KAH and tell them you want to help starving kids who never see grocery baskets
o BUT do not ask for money

19. Offer to walk your neighborhood dogs
o Tell your neighbors why you want to help hungry kids and see what happens

20. Have a Kids Against Hunger birthday party
o Instead of gifts ask your guests to bring a donation for a hungry child
o Instead of spending money for gifts for unneeded items, buy a box of food in someone’s name for Mothers Day, Christmas, Graduation, etc

21. Have a KAH tee shirt party before you come
o Have everyone pre-order and purchase their KAH shirts and wear them so others ask what that means

22. Have a KAH Bike Swap: For anywhere from $5 to $50, bring your bikes to sell at a special KAH location. If you want us to sell it for you, pay us just $5

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

800,000 meals on the way to Swaziland

At this time, we have approx 800,000 meals loaded on three containers in Florida getting ready for Swaziland. It is urgently needed. Recent reports from the World Health Organization show Swaziland as one of the worst locations for critical food relief.

In recent weeks we have received additional requests from other two other groups for Swaziland orphans. This website will show you some of the background on the situation there. At this time, we are partnering with a Adventure in Missions (AIM) and Children’s Hopechest in Swaziland. This current shipment of 3 containers will need to be repeated this year.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Saturday June 13, 2009

Production on Saturday June 13, 2009 was right at 35,000 meals (5 pallets)! This took KAH Cincinnati to 1,344,168 meals produced. With the shipments made from KAH Cincy to Florida for Swaziland you have now shipped a total of 1,176,768 meals. What is actually going to Swaziland (with the help of KAH - New Hope who donated 40 pallets of food) is just about 850,000 meals in three containers.

Thank you to Bill, Don and Neal for making the trip to Dayton to pick up more supplies!

Thank you also to the Gibson family who have volunteered to help as new shift leaders!! If you are interested in serving as a shift leader, please vist: Shift Leaders

The factory is open for both morning and afternoon shifts on June 27th and July 11th.

Thank you to all our volunteer packers on Saturday!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Swap It This Weekend to Feed the Forgotten

From "Swap It This Weekend To Feed The Forgotten! -

Ok's the weekend! We all know what that means - time for some fun, right? May I ask you to consider doing things a little bit differently this weekend? As you enjoy time with your friends and family please remember that there is an urgent food crisis in Uganda right now and that you can DO something about it this weekend!

This is not meant to be a guilt trip of any kind but an opportunity for us to creatively find ways to give food to these families who are hungry and weak as we begin our weekend full of energy and well-fed. Thanks to Children's Hope Chest we can all take part in bringing meals to people who desperately need them - what a great way to spend a weekend! We get to Feed The Forgotten.

I know...there may be many of you out there like me who have already given financially to this and other projects and are feeling like there might not be much left to give. But since we can provide a meal for only $.14 for someone in Uganda I suggest we swap something we have planned for this weekend in order to feed these precious, hungry people. Are you in? Here are some ideas:

Who has plans to go out for lunch or dinner this weekend? Would you consider swapping your meal to Feed The Forgotten? Get this: The $30 dinner that you swap can provide 214 meals for Ugandans! (When you swap your meal please remember to note "Feed The Forgotten" in the notes section.)

Who is planning on shopping for new summer clothes this weekend? Would you consider swapping one of your items to put food in the bellies of hungry people? Giving up that $25 shirt will provide 179 meals for people in Uganda!

Whose children are anxious to do their first lemonade stand of the year? How about talking to your kids about swapping their profits from the lemonade they sell to Feed The Forgotten? One $.75 lemonade can feed 5 children a meal. What a great way to show your children that they CAN do something too!!

Who is planning on paying a babysitter so you can go out this weekend? How about swapping babysitting services with a friend so that you both can donate the money you saved to Feed The Forgotten? A $40 savings in babysitting can provide 285 meals for Ugandans!!

Who is looking forward to that Saturday morning coffee at the coffee shop? How about swapping your $4.00 coffee drink for 29 meals for hungry people? It doesn't take much!

Who has plans to catch a movie this weekend? How about swapping one movie ticket (about $9.50) for 68 meals?? Hard to believe that sacrificing one movie can give so many people food!

Who is planning a trip to the local ice cream shop? How about swapping your $10 ice cream visit to fill up 71 people with a meal?

We CAN do something and we can do it together this weekend! As you give (being sure to identify "Feed the Forgotten" in the notes section) please pray for these people who are suffering and have such tangible needs. It's humbling that God chooses to use US to be His hands and feet. These people will NOT be forgotten this weekend!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

May 30, 2009

Another exciting Saturday at the "factory" on May 30! Two shifts producing 4 pallets (28,512 meals). We should note that a team from Bethany UMC worked the morning shift. Bethany held a KAH benefit dinner theater event a little over a week ago to support the packing they did on Saturday. Thank you to everyone at Bethany UMC!!!

The inventory in Dayton (almost 80 pallets of food - 570,240 meals) will begin to move to Florida this week on its way to Swaziland.

Total meals produced by KAH Cincinnati reached 1,316,520 meals as of the end of production on May 30th!