United Against Child Hunger

volunteers making food packs

Poverty is the single greatest threat to children’s well-being according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. Hunger and poverty go hand-in-hand and both are a real problem here in Southwest Louisiana.

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DAY OF CARING 2023   
VOLUNTEERS

No one under the age of 18 permitted even with an adult

Date: TBD

9 AM - NOON

THE FOOD DRIVE

In an effort to work together to end child hunger, United Way of Southwest Louisiana partners with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Summer Feeding Program by creating Weekend Food Packs so children in the programs have healthy and easy-to-eat foods over the weekend. United Way of Southwest Louisiana works with local companies, organizations and groups to collect food for Weekend Food Packs.

5 out of 6 children who participate in an in-school lunch program do not receive meals during the summer. Many of these same children go without food on the weekends during school. Summer can be very difficult for at-risk kids without access to school-lunch programs so Summer Feeding Programs are provided. Weekend feeding is taken up by United Way of Southwest Louisiana by providing the programs with a bag of meals and snacks that administrators can give to each child to take home on Friday.

 

JOIN WITH VOLUNTEERS AND ORGANIZATIONS IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

How can you help?

Collect 6,000 Identical Single-Serve Individually Wrapped Items

Your business/organization can collect single-serve individually wrapped items from the list at the right. 

IT IS IMPORTANT that EACH WEEKEND FOOD PACK BE IDENTICAL. Our experience has found the items on this list are best for storage and handling. 

Our experience has found the items on this list can be eaten without heating or utensils and by any age child.

SINGLE SERVE INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED

  • Bottled Water - 8 oz size
  • Juice Boxes
  • Pre-Cooked Pop-Top Meals (beans & franks, beefy mac, mac n’ cheese, ravioli, spaghettiOs)
  • Vienna Sausages
  • Individual Peanut Butter Packs
  • Granola Bars
  • Beef Jerky Sticks
  • Single Packs of Trail Mix
  • Small Boxes of Raisins
  • Single Packs of Sunflower Seeds
  • Small Packs of Peanuts
  • Individual Small Boxes of Cereal
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Single Small Packs of Cookies
  • Single Packages of Crackers

Louisiana has the nation’s largest gender wage gap.

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households receiving food stamps that are run by a single mother

33% - Louisiana's family household types with children under 18 run by single mothers

Children living in families headed by a single mother are more likely to go without basic necessities.