When your stomach is growling, it's hard to focus. Let alone learn. In the southwest Missouri, far too many children face hunger. But this September, you can help raise awareness—and provide meals— by participating in Hunger Action Month, presented by Mercy.
One in five children in southwest Missouri faces food insecurity. All proceeds from this month-long campaign benefit our Weekend Backpack Program. Through support for generous donors like you, we can ensure that children in the Ozarks have enough food to live healthy energetic lives.
"When I'm hungry, sometimes it's hard to listen in school. The backpack program has helped my family a lot so we're not really struggling with food anymore."
"When I'm hungry, it makes me feel really irritable, and I just don't really feel the same way as I normally would. When I'm learning, it will derail the way that I'm learning because I'm not listening the same way that I was when I was not hungry."
- Tyler, age 10
"Thank you for the backpack program because we need it. My family is so grateful for what you do for us. Everyone depends on you. You are so helpful and kind."
- Harley, age 10
Want to join the fight against hunger? There are so many ways to help us Transform Hunger into Hope this month.