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No Kid Hungry Louisiana making sure children are fed during COVID-19

No Kid Hungry Louisiana is providing emergency grants to help ease the financial burden of...
No Kid Hungry Louisiana is providing emergency grants to help ease the financial burden of children impacted by COVID-19.(KNOE)
Published: Apr. 17, 2020 at 8:57 AM CDT
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No Kid Hungry Louisiana is providing emergency grants to help ease the financial burden of COVID-19, and make sure children are getting fed.

One in four children in Louisiana suffer from hunger. No Kid Hungry is a program of the Share Our Strength organization that partners with different schools and non-profits statewide to help them serve USDA- provided breakfast, after school meals, and summer meal programs.

The average grant the non-profit offers ranges from $15,000 to $20,000, and the program has funded an estimated total of $380,000 statewide within a month. This money goes toward providing food, staffing, equipment, transportation, and technical assistance to organizations serving children.

“We’re the support, right? We’re the network. We’re the folks who help, you know. I tell folks all the time I don’t cook, but I make sure kids get fed. You know, and so because we’re doing all of the building blocks and the things that need to happen behind the scenes,” said No Kid Hungry Louisiana director Rhonda Jackson.

The program receives funding from private partnerships and foundations statewide. Its offices are based in New Orleans, with partners in Webster Parish, Caddo Parish, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. No Kid Hungry is currently looking to expand its reach to Ouachita Parish.

As the pandemic has spread, Jackson said they have shifted from serving their partners on a daily basis to a weekly basis. This is intended to limit exposure of the virus to the children, families and staff.

“Even though the wheel is being bent quickly, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. We can learn from others and what’s happening and what’s working. And so sometimes it is just networking with folks, and providing technical assistance, and sometimes it’s actual funding but we’re definitely working to make sure that kids are being fed,” said Jackson.

Jackson said they are now looking ahead to the summer and are unsure of what to expect, but No Kid Hungry will still be available as a resource.

To learn more about No Kid Hungry Louisiana and how to be a partner, visit their

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