It is estimated that a quarter of all Houston area children are considered food insecure. With so many underprivileged kids in our community lacking access to free school meal programs, alliantgroup hosted an event at indoor cycling studio RYDE Houston to provide meals for Houston’s hungriest preschoolers.
Nearly 150 volunteers from alliantgroup, lead by Director of Corporate Citizenship Casey Curry and Wellness Director Melanie Baxter, partnered with Kids’ Meals to burn calories and pack lunches as our alliantgroup employees participated in two 30-minute in-door cycling classes. After the ride, our team graciously decorated and packed close to 1,500 sacked lunches for Kids’ Meals! These non-perishable lunch bags included a 100% juice box, fruit snacks, crackers and some beef jerky. While our team worked hard prepping all these yummy lunches for the kids, they enjoyed healthy snacks from Local Foods and refreshing cold-pressed juice from Revolucion Coffee + Juice.
Kids’ Meals mission is to end childhood hunger by providing resources to impoverished families struggling to feed their children. They also physically prepare and deliver free, healthy meals, to these families’ preschool aged children, year round. The charity has been operating for 12 years and provides hundreds of thousands of meals every year. Kids’ Meals also ensures for every dollar donated that 90 cents goes directly to feeding hungry children.
A couple of our friends from the Houston media scene also came to make a difference! Maggie Flecknoe from CW 39, Amber Elliot from the Houston Chronicle, Miya Shay from ABC 13 and Sally MacDonald from Fox 26 were also up early and sweating it out to support Kids’ Meals.
Providing these meals requires the kindness of a lot of volunteers and alliantgroup and its employees were happy to do their part. alliantgroup’s mission is to strengthen American businesses by helping companies keep jobs in American. A major part of that mission means supporting American students and STEM education.
“We have got to help students at every level and that includes actually feeding them healthy meals. Impoverished families are often forced to choose between food and their other necessities. To make matters worse, nearly 80 percent of families buy cheap, unhealthy food. I’m proud of our efforts to support such a great cause.” said alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav.
To learn more about how you can help Kids’ Meals follow the link here.