Fighting Hunger in Kern County
United Way of Kern County fights for long-lasting and measurable impacts in the areas of education, health, and financial stability. We strive to strengthen our community's capacity to support its most vulnerable families, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. One way we are helping families is to fight hunger in our communities.
According to the USDA, more than 11 million children in the United States live in "food insecure" homes. That phrase may sound mild, but it means that those households don't have enough food for every family member to lead a healthy life. And, that number dates from before the coronavirus pandemic. Today, projections show that 18 million children could face hunger this year. Locally, Bakersfield ranks number one in the Nation with the most people in a metropolitan area who cannot afford to buy the food they need, and one in four children in Kern County go to bed hungry every night. Not all of these families are eligible for federal assistance, or this assistance doesn’t meet their needs. Therefore, United Way has partnered with No Kid Hungry to provide grocery gift cards to children and families. Families will also be provided with other items such as stuffed animals, toys, 15-20 brand new books, toothbrushes, toothpaste, face masks, hand sanitizers, blankets, crayons, resource materials and any other items donated or purchased through sponsorships that families can utilize.
Our goal is to serve at least 500 households with school-age children. We know that many school districts are able to provide breakfast and lunch to children while school is in session even virtually. However, many children and families are hungry during breaks and over weekends. With your support, we can help to reach at least 500 households or more.
A large section of the communities we serve in urban and rural areas are underserved low to moderate-income families, migrant workers, multi-family homes, Kinship families and those who may be ineligible for public assistance and/or other services. UWKC bridges such gaps and assists with direct services which have allowed us to build trust in the community during our outreach efforts, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
Please join us in helping Kern County’s most vulnerable families by fighting hunger.
Thank you for your support! Together, we can Help Kern Stay Strong!
--- The United Way of Kern County Team