Unfortunately, a warm breakfast on a Saturday morning or a pantry full of food and snacks is not always an option - especially for some Valley children. In Arizona, statistics show 493,000 children depend on free or reduced cost school lunches for their nourishment and often these children go without food on the weekends. Caring Coalition was started as a community effort to provide food and support to these children and neighboring families in need. Working with Phoenix schools to identify children and families who are struggling to acquire the food they need for health and well-being, this non-profit focuses on extending help to school-aged children in Phoenix who are going without adequate food on weekends.
Caring Coalition, a 501C3 non profit and a Qualifying Charitable organization works primarily with elementary schools but also provides additional support to families who are in need. In short, they serve whoever needs to be served - utilizing local schools to connect with and identify those in need. Caring Coalition offers weekend food programs for children in need, providing snacks that they can easily open and eat while home for the weekends, as well as other support such as providing coats and winter clothing or doing food drives for individual families who need extra supplies over a long school break or holiday. To get involved or contribute to this neighbor helping neighbor grassroots effort, run solely by volunteers, visit their website today.
Written by Somlynn Rorie