13.1% or 13,180 people living in Lenawee County experience “food insecurity” in their everyday lives; among children in Lenawee County, the number is even higher, with 21.1% or 5,010 kids experiencing “food insecurity”. (Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap 2013)
Food insecurity is not exclusive to Lenawee County, however, the solutions lie with those of us who live and work here. To this end, a group of committed volunteers have created an event to raise money to help end childhood hunger in Lenawee County.
The Endless Feast, a grassroots endeavor to bring people together to support efforts to end childhood hunger in Lenawee County, will take place for the first time on Thursday, August 6, 2015. Limited seating is available for the dinner, featuring locally sourced foods prepared by Chef Alan Merhar from Evans Street Station in an outdoor waterfront setting at Tecumseh’s Globe Mill Pond. Purchasing a seat at the Endless Feast table will help bring awareness to the plight of local children who don’t have enough to eat. The following programs will be supported with proceeds raised from this event:
Communities in Schools of the Tecumseh Area (CISTA) currently runs the Friday Food Packs project for underserved elementary aged kids in the Tecumseh Public Schools system. Currently CISTA provides a brown bag lunch each Friday in the backpacks of participating students, providing them with sustenance for the long weekend. Monies raised would assist CISTA in providing packaged and fresh foods for the elementary students in need and help expand this program.
The Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee County offers programming for local youth. However, they have identified a gap that could be filled. Currently the Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee County provides a safe place for young people to come during the school year on the days school is not in session. Yet there are kids who come (for the entire day) without a packed lunch. As you can imagine, these kids are ill prepared to participate under these conditions. Monies raised from the Endless Feast event will help fund prepackaged meals Club staff can have at their disposal to hand out to kids. It may be the best meal they will have that day.
Families in Transition is a program facilitated through the Adrian Public Schools. This important program focuses on providing assistance to families with school age children who may be homeless or living in the following situations: living in shelters, motels, cars, campgrounds, or other outside places, or those that may be living with extended family or friends due to lack of housing or income. In addition to providing support so children can stay in their school of origin and providing transportation to and from school for students, school supplies, clothes, free breakfast and lunch are also made available. Monies raised from the Endless Feast will help offset the cost of meals for children.
The Endless Feast will feature products from local growers and food artisans including: Goetz Farms, Kapnick Orchards, Four Corners Creamery, Eden Organic Foods, Shrimp Farm Market, Pawson’s Farm and more. Locally handcrafted wine, cider, and beer from J. Trees Cellars and Tecumseh Brewing Company will also be featured.
The Sage Foundation is the inaugural lead sponsor of the Endless Feast al fresco dinner. A seat at the Endless Feast table costs $100 and can be purchased at J. Trees Cellars or Evans Street Station. For additional information on the Endless Feast, contact Elizabeth Kennedy of Evans Street Station at 517-424-5555 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.