Are kids in America really going hungry? 62% of America's teachers regularly see kids who come to school hungry because they aren't getting enough to eat at home.
Nashville is among the top 40 cities in America with the highest poverty rate.
1 in 4 children in Tennessee do not know where their next meal is coming from
30% of all kids in Nashville live in poverty. That number is more concentrated in some East Nashville schools with up to 98% of kids living in poverty.
Families with children make up 32% of the homeless population in Nashville.
There are about 3000 homeless children in Nashville public schools on any given day.
72% of kids in Nashville qualify for free or reduced lunch.
The number of children living in high poverty communities in Tennessee has grown by nearly 100% in the last decade.
What does "Give Me 10" mean? Good question! Before Give Me 10 was working actively in our community all year long, we started out collecting food to send home with students over winter break in 2013. We asked friends to donate 10 nonperishable food items, $10, or to share about what we were trying to do with 10 people. We called the food drive Give Me 10. Since our community responded so generously, we did the same thing again for spring break in 2014. About this time we realized this needed to be an ongoing effort and the name just stuck! We also really like giving high fives... and whats better then giving someone 5? Giving someone 10.
How do you determine what families you will serve? We are currently working exclusively with families who have children who attend traditional public schools in East Nashville. We love all of Nashville and want to see needs met throughout the entire city. We also love community and have seen the power a community can have when it comes together to support one another, which is why we choose to focus on our neighborhood. We currently connect with families in need through social workers, principals, teachers, and school counselors. Those people act as a go between between us and the family we are serving.
What is a food desert? Food deserts can be described as geographic areas where residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options (especially fresh fruits and vegetables) is restricted or nonexistent due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient travelling distance.
My family needs assistance. How do I get in touch with you? Please contact your child's school counselor, family resource officer, or principal. They can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the best way to get some resources to you.