The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that one of every five children in America today does not have consistent access to adequate food. "Food insecurity--the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food--exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children." Children are given nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the school week, but what do they eat on the weekend?
Some Assistance League chapters are reaching out to help alleviate this need. Assistance League of Northern Virginia started a program in 2010 called "Weekend Food for Kids" that provides nutritional food for children to eat over the weekend. It started serving one school and now has grown to five Title I schools in Northern Virginia. Once a month, using members and community volunteers, they meet for two hours and pack 1,500 individual food bags for the children. Each bag includes cereal, canned fruit, granola bars, pudding, More...
Assistance League National Conference provides the opportunity for chapter members from around the country to gather together for educational development and networking. This year, the national conference is in beautiful San Diego, to be held September 16-20, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.
This year's conference will feature excellent keynote speakers, thirteen outside and member speakers, in addition to important information from national committees. "Celebrate the Past" with "A Walk Down Memory Lane" during a session with National Past Presidents and "Celebrate the Future" as the new national website is unveiled. There will also be networking opportunities at the Chapter Showcase with 60 chaptes participating. More...
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