Did you know that 604,200 adults, seniors, and children experience hunger in Maricopa County?1 Of that, approximately 82,000 households, or about 211,000 individuals, experience chronic hunger. This means these families and children don’t know where their next meal is coming from 3 out of 4 times a month or 7 out of 12 times a year. With our volunteers, donors, and partners – we are working to reduce chronic food insecurity in households by 67%, equaling 55,000 homes.
With proper placement of gardens, neighbors will be able to work together to grow their own fresh vegetables and herbs in a community garden. These communities are taught techniques and tips to keeping a garden healthy so their crops will continue to grow!
Placing gardens in schools gives children the opportunity to experience a hands-on science lesson while also learning how to keep a garden for themselves. In the last few months, we:
Promotoras are community leaders that assist individuals and families in their neighborhoods to help them find human service and food access resources.
For example, Promotor Sr. Marcelino shared that he had met a diabetic community member in jeopardy of losing his foot who was without insurance. He had information about Wesley Health Center/Services and referred the gentleman. After being seen at Wesley, the gentleman called Promotor Marcelino and told him they are going to be able to save his foot and that he is on a treatment plan. He also stated he was extremely grateful for Promotor Marcelino's intervention!
This is just one of many experiences/impacts being made by Promotoras in Maryvale, securing the overall health, safety and well-being of their community. So far:
Through our Wise Choices program, trusted members of the community are being trained to help their neighbors make healthy eating and financial decisions. These “home economics” classes “train-the-trainer” and can help community members help themselves. This year:
When children come to class hungry, they come unfocused and struggle to follow lessons in class. With Breakfast in the Classroom, students are given a nutritious start to every day with a healthy breakfast in their class.
This program was able to provide assistance in this way thanks to all our donors who gave to support Breakfast in the Classroom at the 2017 Women Unite Luncheon. Thank you for making it possible!
For families and individuals in need of a meal, there are emergency food programs available. By supporting these organizations: