The Harry K foundation, established by Harry Keswani, has vowed to raise money and donate 100% of these proceeds to help alleviate the problem of food insecurity in its local community. The H4 Initiative has pledged to support the Delaware Food Bank in supporting children’s nutritional programming within Sussex County.
Research shows that children who eat more nutritious meals are less likely to miss school, have fewer behavioral problems and perform better in school. Working with the Food Bank of Delaware the H4 Initiative will be addressing childhood hunger on all fronts – hunger after school, during the summer and on weekends.
The Food Bank of Delaware provides emergency food for 241,600 different people annually. The funds raised by the Harry K Foundation will be dispersed through the Delaware Food Bank to support School Backpack Programs, as well as establishing and instituting school pantries throughout Sussex County. The money will also support Delaware Food Bank’s mobile pantry truck. The Harry K Foundation will work closely with the food bank, staying in constant contact, communicating and coordinating where and when and to whom the trust will benefit the most. Through the committee of carefully selected community leaders and knowledgeable experts the hope and goal is to appropriate the funding to best serve, and meet the nutritional needs of children within Sussex County.
CHILDHOOD HUNGER FACTS
ACCORDING TO THE FOOD BANK OF DELAWARE 2014 HUNGER IN AMERICA STUDY
In 2013, the Food Bank of Delaware conducted a comprehensive study on hunger. The Hunger in America 2014 study was part of a national initiative led by Feeding America, which conducted research nationwide.
- According to Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap study, there are 117,970 food insecure Delawareans. Food insecure means lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods
- The Food Bank of Delaware's network of hunger relief partners (food
closets, soup kitchens and shelters) receives more than 900,000 visits each year
- An estimated 24% have post-high school education (including license or certification, some college, or a 4-year degree)
- An estimated 71% of households reported that they had to choose between paying for food and utilities.
- An estimated 66% of households chose between buying food and paying rent or mortgage
- 1 in 5 Delaware children live in poverty
- 30% either have a household member who is currently serving in the military or has served
- 74% served report having high blood pressure
- 73% are considered food insecure
- 90.5% served have children who participate in the free or reduced-price lunch program at school
- To cope with food insecurity, 66.5% purchase inexpensive, unhealthy food
FOOD BANK OF AMERICA 2015/2016 FACTS SHEET