Why We Care
Where Love Grows’ mission is simple, help end hunger for children and families beginning in our community as we make love grow.
1 in 4 children in our community go to bed hungry each night. Some children won’t have anything to eat from lunchtime in school on Friday until breakfast Monday morning when they return. This doesn’t include holidays and summer breaks.
Children who don’t get enough to eat, especially during their first three years, miss out on essential nutrients during this critical time of growth. They will be dramatically disadvantaged and are more likely to be hospitalized and face higher risks of health conditions like asthma and anemia, developing compromised immune systems.
Children facing hunger struggle in school and beyond. They are more likely to repeat a grade in elementary school, experience developmental issues with motor skills and language, along with potential behavioral problems. As they get older, increased crime has been linked to hunger too. Children who don’t have enough to eat are destined to do worse academically and socially.
Communication and Collaboration
Family dinners and cooking classes would be impossible without teamwork and open lines of communication. Successful family dinner nights and cooking classes include children working together and communicating to learn about one another and accomplish a common goal. Students get an opportunity to work directly with their peers and enjoy each other’s company in a non-competitive environment. Collaboration with our partners plays a large role in the success of our family dinner nights and mobile cooking classes as they volunteer and help through donations.
We are counting on a lot of individuals to do just a little.
“I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people’s efforts than 100% off my own.”
- John D. Rockefeller
MOBILE COOKING PROGRAM EVALUATION:
- Math and reading skills improved through recipe management
- Personal development benefits include improved leadership skills, teamwork efforts and improved self-esteem and confidence
- 79.7% of the students surveyed eat more vegetables post class.
- 73% of the students cooked more during the program
- 88.4% cooked more after completion of the cooking class series