Cerner Corporation encourages its associates to be active in their community. One way they accomplish this is through a $500 Impact Grant that is awarded to a 501c3 that is picked by an associate that completes 100 hours of community service.
This year I’ve selected Feed Northland Kids to receive my grant.
No child should ever have to worry about where their next meal will come from. Unfortunately, one in five Northland kids go hungry. Among elementary children in the Northland, 34 percent receive free or reduced price meals.
In southern Clay County those numbers are higher. Vivion Road serves as an economic dividing line and the elementary schools south of Vivion Road have closer to 70 to 80 percent on free or reduced priced meals.
I first found out about Feed Northland Kids when I partnered with them and Harvesters to start the BackSnack program back in 2011 at Maplewood Elementary School.
Feed Northland Kids combats this problem of childhood hunger by partnering with Harvesters – The Community Food Network that supports the BackSnack program and provides weekly BackSnacks to 2,580 children across Clay and Platte counties.