Action Ministries Feeds Thousands of Kids

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By Christal M. Cherry, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer

For 55 years, Action Ministries has been leading people out of poverty through our education, housing, and hunger relief programs. Smart Lunch, Smart Kid is one of our most vital ministries.

Over 1 million students in Georgia qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Lunch is a crucial meal that disappears in the summer. Smart Lunch, Smart Kid, through the dedication of thousands of volunteers and donors from all across Georgia, ensures that school-aged children are fed in the summer and on school breaks. When kids are hungry, they can’t grow, they can’t focus, and they can’t read.

Unlike other feeding programs, Action Ministries removes the transportation barrier by taking the food directly to the children in their neighborhoods whether it’s a community center, church, school, or even the lobby of apartment building. We recently added a new education component: Each lunch comes with a book. In some cases, there are opportunities where kids are encouraged to read with a trained volunteer.

Last summer, donations received from generous donors and in part through gifts managed by the Georgia United Methodist Foundation enabled Action Ministries to feed over 8,000 children every single day! It is so heartwarming when you see so many volunteers helping to feed children who otherwise would not have eaten.

A lot of the support we receive is year-to-year, and we never know whether we will receive the same support in the following year. Endowment gifts that support Action Ministries are so important for our long-term sustainability. These gifts also allow us to efficiently serve more people. Last year alone, we served 90,000 people across 54 counties in Georgia. Our goal this year is to serve 100,000 people!

If you would like to establish a charitable gift with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation to support wonderful organizations like Action Ministries, please contact Nancy Young, GUMF Director of Planned Giving and Scholarships, at 678-708-6601 or nyoung@gumf.org. 

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 edition of Faith & Money.