Giving Children Hope’s We’ve Got Your Back Program which works with locals schools, received $25,000 to provide backpacks filled with nutritional food to feed a child and their families on weekends.

Description of how the funds will be used: 

Though low and no-cost lunches help students’ hunger problems during the week, food insecurity isn’t magically cured on Friday afternoon. Knowing the importance of food in improved learning, the We’ve Got Your Back program (WGYB) works with local schools to provide backpacks filled with nutritional food to feed a child and their families on weekends.

Description of Project/Program, what makes it compelling, and the specific needs it will address:

Orange and LA counties are home to many in poverty. With more than 325,000 food insecure individuals, OC ranks tenth nationally for childhood food insecurity. Slightly more than forty-nine percent of our students are on a lunch program. LA has similar statistics.

WGYB works tirelessly to keep stomachs full even when school is out. Working with 60 schools throughout the area, Giving Children Hope (GCH) delivers 1334 backpacks full of nutritious food each week with an expected need of 1500 next year.

Describe the Organization or Project as it pertains to the following Impact Giving Grant Standards-

High Impact & Life Transforming:

WGYB impacts the lives of over 5000 people. To reduce the stigma of hunger, WGYB positions its work as a club to learn more about good nutrition. WGYB is the beginning of a deeper relationship with GCH and a route out of poverty. Serving as ‘caseworkers,’ WGYB can identify additional problems and tap a collaborative network of nonprofits to improve overall quality of life for both student and family.

Education:

WGYB sees education central to solving the hunger problem. Children and their families learn about nutrition and additional support. Classes available to WGYB mothers offer help with learning the hard and soft skills needed to leave poverty behind.

The WGYB collaboration with hundreds of volunteers educates Orange County residents about the hunger issues that are often out of sight.

Sustainability:

Established in 1993, Giving Children Hope created WGYB in 2007. Both GCH and WGYB demonstrate the sustainability of mature organizations. The ongoing culture of innovation, coupled with a goal to deepen relationships with our most vulnerable, keeps the program both fresh and accountable.

Community Building:

WGYB program relies heavily on local volunteers, building understanding for our most vulnerable. With over 100 volunteers a week participating in the program, outreach includes service organizations and local businesses. WGYB also collaborates with a rich network of nonprofits to meet the needs of their constituents.

Innovative:

Innovation is front and center with the work of GCH. WGYB becomes a touch point for the schools. The WGYB goal is to become an active caseworker for the children, supplying help and support like clothing, health supplies or personal care items, and networking with other community partners. GCH classes, available to WGYB mothers, are designed to solve the structural issues of poverty.  WGYB is a centerpiece of this outreach.

Measurable:

WGYB tracks schools, number of children served, and family members impacted. Their 70% success rate includes ongoing surveys of the mothers who have participated in GCH course work in addition to comparing lists and names of participants in the program from one year to the next.

Organization’s Mission Statement:

Giving Children Hope is a faith-based partner providing sustainable hope through wellness programs and disaster response in collaboration with local and global communities. We do this through the gathering and giving of Basic NeedsNutritional Foods and Medical Resources.

Link to the website:   www.givingchildrenhope.org