The end of the school year and the start of summer break is a right of passage for students. However, it's not a joyous occasion for every child. For those receiving free and or reduced breakfast and lunch at school, and meals through the backpack program, it means going hungry. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 45 million students face what's known as the "summer nutrition gap". Not having regular and nutritious meals puts them at an academic disadvantage when they go back to school in the fall.
Right now in the Kansas City area nearly 25% of all families with children are struggling to put food on the table. As a result, we're hosting a food-drive benefiting Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City leading up to our annual Volunteer Day. The organization operates two food pantries in the metro and is seeing an increased need in items for children.
Starting June 17th MarksNelson is collecting kid-friendly food items such as:
- Granola & Protein Bars
- Heat & Serve Soups
- Canned Ravioli & Spaghetti-O's
- Mac & Cheese or Easy Mac
- Juice Boxes or Shelf-Stable Juice
- Peanut Butter
JFS relies on food drives for half of its food distribution each month which totals 28,000 pounds.We'd love for you to join our Marks of Kindness program and help feed empty bellies. You can drop off donations in our lobby (see address below), or make an on-line monetary donation through our Marks of Kindness Foundation by clicking on the yellow button.
Our Food Drive benefiting JFS runs from June 17th - June 20th, 2019.
You can drop off donations at the following address:
1310 East 104th Street, Suite 300
Kansas City, Missouri. 64131.
MarksNelson's Volunteer Day is June 20, 2019. The annual event which is part of our award-winning Marks of Kindness program is the one day of the year - aside from the April Tax Deadline - that our staff looks forward to the most. The firm shuts down for the entire day and we head out to Kansas City Nonprofits and roll-up our sleeves and get to work. No task is too big or too small. Staff members perform yard work, painting and other building maintenance, install signs, build barbecue pads, make hygiene kits, blankets, play with kids and the list goes on and on. At the end of the day everyone is hot, sweaty and smiling from ear-to-ear.