To mitigate barriers that create, lead to, or are present in ways that lead to food apartheid and poor health for our most marginalized communities. Food and green spaces serve as vessels to improve mental and physical health outcomes with workshops, mental health check ins, and activities to break down barriers, build self confidence, teach generational knowledge and empower those that have been holistically and historically underserved.
Because people, nor food, should ever go to waste.
In many ways America is the land of plenty. But for a staggering number of people in Kentucky and Indiana, hunger is the reality.
Children Shouldn't Hunger will empower, nourish, and engage the community through gardening while teaching hospitality using the power of food. In our communities we offer mentor-ship, skill set development, and the ability to holistically grow many areas of our region. We teach what food is, how it grows, and how it plays an important role in all that we do in the day to day as people. Our community gardens serve those in areas with food insecurity, while also acting as safe spaces to learn and grow - together.
We do not just grow plants, we cultivate people
CSHA believes that;
- Neither people nor food should ever go to waste. We recognize the potential of the community’s existing resources and are dedicated to revealing their power to nourish and uplift.
- All people have unique and beautiful gifts to give, impacting those in their community. We will engage all volunteers, staff, and students in meaningful, and impactful work.
- Hunger, and those struggling to eat, isn’t about food. We will work to address the root causes of poverty; employing a variety of dynamic approaches to nourish the community. Hunger is a by-product of many deeper issues plaguing the community which we aim to take head on.
- Our programs will empower and showcase pride in our communities, while sparking young minds. We will only partner with organizations that share these values, and are looking to uplift the community holistically.
- Our impact will not be measured in pounds moved or meals served. We will provoke deeper dialogue about nutrition, literacy, food equity, hunger and poverty. Our vision is not about meals served, but about lives changed.
- We will pool our resources to be reinvested locally. We use all we can to strengthen the local economy and invest in the future of our employees.
- Investments should be made in both the present and the future. We will promote a holistic communal approach, coupled with inter-generational and socio-economic programming that empowers all individuals, young and old, black and white, rich and poor to build a better future.
- Action should be paired with advocacy. We will use our resources to educate, and promote policy ideas that elevate issues and mitigate future need. We will not only feed those who hunger, we will quench their thirst for knowledge, while empowering the community with skill sets to facilitate true change.
- Transparency is an essential part of improving programs. We will operate and make decisions in full view of the community we serve.
- Smart solutions should be shared, and partnerships celebrated. We will be open-source, sharing our model and welcoming all visitors. We will aim to give more than we receive.
“Hope is knowing that men, like kites, are made to be lifted up.”
Children Shouldn’t Hunger. We aim to see that they never do.
Why are healthy and well-nourished kids so important? Because they are our future, and healthy kids just do better. Reclaiming the power of food and teaching using gardens not only helps kids stay healthy and strong, but it can also contribute to higher test scores, improved attendance, better behavior in class, enhanced leadership skills and a lifetime of healthy habits. Not only for those youth impacted, but also for our communities, and our city.