Our Promise: Food
A child dies every three seconds globally due to food deprivation. 25,000 people lose their lives every day as a result of hunger. There are 821.6 million undernourished people in the world today. That means one in seven people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. 697 million people are severely food insecure. Good nutrition, particularly in the first few years of life, is important in establishing and maintaining a good foundation that can impact a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity and hunger are obstacles that threaten that critical foundation in the United States and around the world. Within our US borders, more than one in five children do not know where their next meal is coming from and often go to bed hungry. According to the August 24, 2020 issue of Barron’s magazine, “20% of Americans with children say they can’t get enough food, up from 17% in early June.”
The Impact of COVID-19 on Hunger — Rev. David Beckmann, former President of Bread for the World, reported fourteen million children were not able to eat enough during the week of June 18-23, 2020. That is about two-and-a-half times as many as before the crisis.
The World Bank now estimates that COVID-19 and its economic consequences will increase the number of people in absolute poverty worldwide by 70 to 100 million in 2020. The World Food Program estimates that the number of acutely hungry people in the countries where it operates could double this year.
Outreach is working with Food Banks and organizations in America, providing our nutrition rich meals for distribution to individuals, and families here, and sending our meals to disaster areas in the US and abroad. Outreach provides meals to the Children’s Centers in Singida and Manyoni, Tanzania, for the Most Vulnerable Children.
Outreach Meal Program
Outreach’s nutritious food packages reverse the starvation process, help restore health, and improve a child’s mental and physical alertness. Each package provides six nutritionally complete servings to feed the starving children around the world and the hungry here at home. Our team at Outreach, in association with internationally recognized nutritionists developed a food formula comprised of rice, fortified soy protein, vegetables, and essential vitamins and minerals. The Iowa State Food Science Department worked with us to develop meals for domestic use. A macaroni and cheese meal, rice and bean, and pasta with Italian tomato basil sauce have been developed, as well as other varieties including soup and meals for breakfast and dessert. (See Meals here.) These are for distribution to local food banks and pantries for the food insecure in the United States. Characteristics include:
- Global Acceptance: Rice, a globally recognized staple, is used as the base in many meals.
- Protein Rich: Each package contains six servings with a minimum of 10% DRV of protein.
- Vegetables: Many meal packages contain dehydrated vegetables.
- Vitamin and mineral fortified: Each serving contains 21 essential vitamins and minerals for a growing body.
- Multiple servings per package: One package provides six one-cup servings.
- Simple to Prepare: Written and pictorial instructions are on each package.
- Long life: Each sealed package has a shelf life of two years.
How We Help
The Outreach Program offers a unique way to fight hunger. Our core capability is facilitating food packaging events across the nation where hundreds to thousands of volunteers come to serve in an assembly line fashion, packaging simple nutritious meals. Many family packaging events, church or community events are orchestrated using health and food safety guidelines, to pack our nutritious meals for food banks, pantries, and centers for disbursement to those needing food. Meals are also used for emergency relief in America and outside the US. Meals are sent to Tanzania for the Most Vulnerable Children in Singida and Manyoni.
Since March 2020, Outreach has packaged over seven million meals in Kansas for FEMA with the National Guard. These meals have been given to the Kansas Food Banks. Because the need for nutritious food is increasing and because of COVID restrictions, Outreach is promoting exclusive events, prepacked care boxes and pantry packs of meals. Mechanical packaging is also an option. Our meal ingredients are not donated to us, please call or donate today to help us support the hungry.
See Our Meal Varieties here