The Issue: Food Insecurity Among At-Risk Youth
A healthy diet is critical to the development of every child. However, according to a 2012 report from Feeding America, 29% of Oregon’s children are food insecure—meaning they lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food—a figure that’s 6% higher than the national average. Aside from the vast amounts of research connecting poor nutrition with irreversible physical effects such as stunted growth and delayed development of motor skills, inadequate nutrition has also been shown to negatively impact performance in school and success later in life.
The Campaign: Providing Nutritious Meals for Underserved Campers
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Momentum Alliance to provide nutritious meals for at-risk youth enrolled in its summer leadership camp. For every $15 raised, the organization can provide one leader-in-training with two meals a day for an entire week of camp. The nutritious meals and snacks will power the youngsters as they participate in activities such as a citywide scavenger hunt and a healthy-cooking contest inspired by Iron Chef, all the while building leadership skills that will serve them throughout life.
For low-income, undocumented, underserved, immigrant, LGBTQ, gang-affected, and otherwise at-risk youth, the path to prosperity can seem impossibly arduous. No one understands that viewpoint better than the crew at Momentum Alliance, a group composed entirely of youth who have faced down and conquered dire circumstances of their own. They leverage a number of tools at their disposal—namely a guiding cadre of coaches, a network of allies, and each other—to inspire their peers to become leaders themselves. Through programs such as summer camps and workshops, the team instills leadership skills in its charges and prepares them for the transition from vulnerable individuals into effective community advocates and decision-makers.