Hunger exists everywhere. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live. It’s in our own backyards.
The Ben Curtis Family Foundation began in 2013 after an eye-opening TV special about hunger in America. The statistics were powerful. We wondered if this was happening in our own backyard, so we did some research and what we found we couldn’t ignore. In both Portage County and Summit County, the rate of food-insecure children under age 18 is 20 percent, or roughly 6,350 children in Portage County and 22,570 children in Summit County. We decided to check the statistics in our hometown of Kent, Ohio, and found that the percentage of children in our school system on a food subsidy program at that time was close to 48 percent – with one school at 80 percent.
Teachers see hunger in their classrooms every day and try to find ways to combat it with their own resources. We sat down with a principal at one of the elementary schools and worked together to develop the Birdie Bag Program.
It was important to empower the child and also needed to be a good fit both for us and the schools. A Birdie Bag contains food and a toiletry kit which is sent home with children in need weekly in Ravenna and over 10 long weekends during the school year in Kent and Barberton.
Working alongside school principals ensures that all of our programs work for both the schools and our organization. It is vital for children to learn about good nutrition and have access to it. It’s not only a solid foundation for a child’s physical health, but for their mental health and academic potential. We’re always in need of volunteers to help us fill Birdie Bags each month and to help out at our events which raise awareness and the funds needed to beat hunger. Check out our upcoming events.
It only takes one person to start making a difference. Join us in the fight to eradicate childhood hunger in Portage and Summit counties!
Our affiliate companies, the Ben Curtis Golf Academy & Fairway and Vines, raise awareness for the Ben Curtis Family Foundation to help combat childhood hunger. Click on a link below to learn more about doing good just by doing what you love.
We believe it takes a village to end childhood hunger. That’s why our family is fighting this growing problem in our own communities in Portage and Summit counties. By working closely with schools in the area and the county at large, we can beat this epidemic. We each bring our own strengths to the fight.
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We’re growing and expanding our mission to end childhood hunger with each passing year. We couldn’t do it without the guidance and support of our Advisory Board, who come from a range of backgrounds.
As little as $50 a year can feed one hungry child in northeast Ohio, but there are many more children in the area experiencing hunger and its devastating effects on a daily basis. We use the dollars we collect to provide food for those who need it most. Learn more about our financials by clicking on a link to the right.