Local Leaders Join Together to Combat Child Hunger at Fall Luncheon

Last week, Connecting Kids to Meals hosted our first-ever public event to help raise awareness for the important and pervasive issue of local child hunger. More than 200 local business and community leaders took part in the sold-out luncheon, and they left with a greater understanding that our region’s most vulnerable – our children, the elderly, disabled and the working poor – shouldn’t have to wonder where their next meal will come from. Hunger in our community isn’t going away.

As one of a dozen powerful and influential speakers highlighted during the luncheon, Dr. Romulus Durant, Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, explained that “poverty rates for Lucas County remain alarmingly higher than the state average. More than 30,000 kids in Lucas County live within families whose income is at or below the poverty level and 80 percent of the children attending a TPS school qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year. A full belly and nutritious meals are critical to kids learning and thriving in school … and life.”

The Toledo Blade published a powerful editorial supporting Connecting Kids to Meals and our mission following the luncheon titled Toledo Must Feed Its Children. We want to thank all of our supporters, including media outlets like The Toledo Blade, for helping spread awareness about child hunger … it’s the only way we’re going to continue to expand the number of kids we help on a daily basis.

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