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Giving Day - September 8 - Helena Food Share

Dear Customers,

Thank you again for another successful GIVING DAY.

Giving Day has now become an integral part of our lives. Each one of us here thinks of ways we can impact and touch lives. Our team is constantly trying to increase the value of the 10% share of revenue, so we can give more to the cause of the month.

It’s back to school season and as we start wrapping up summer, we paused to think about school lunches and balanced nutrition for children. As per USDA reports, last year, 21 million students relied on free and reduced lunch as their primary meal of the day. Up to 65 percent of their daily calorie intake comes from school provided meals.

So, this month we picked Helena Food Share in Montana which runs a very special ‘Kids Pack Program’. They serve nearly 1,100 elementary school students every week with their Kid Packs program. Without this vital weekend nutrition, local school administrators say children would show up to school with empty stomachs, unable to do the work teachers ask of them. Each Kid Pack contains shelf-stable milk, juice, low-sugar granola bars, cheerios, oatmeal, Easy Mac, pop-top meal in a can, fruit cups, peanut butter and crackers. All Kid Pack food is intended to be easy for children to open and consume.
Rated 4 stars on Charity Navigator, Helena Food Share is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Helena, Montana. Their mission is to serve their neighbors in need by providing food in a respectful and dignified way. Their vision, simply, is to create a hunger-free community. 1 in 7 residents of Helena struggles with hunger and 1 in 5 Helena children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. With so much need, Helena Food share volunteers are doing amazing work in the greater Helena community.

So please join me on September 8th to support ‘Helena Food Share’s Kid Pack Challenge. Together let us create 1000+ Kid Packs for needy children. Little by little we can all create a hunger free world for our children. Shop more to give more.

Thank you for being our partner and believing in us.

Naheed Quaisar
Co-Founder and CEO

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Please help us get the word out. Together, we can help ‘Helena Food Share’ to accomplish their mission to serve their neighbors in need by providing food in a respectful and dignified way and by working with others to eliminate hunger in the greater Helena area. Their vision, simply, is to create a hunger-free community. It is the home to a number of programs uniquely designed to reduce hunger in our community. It takes the contributions of many of us to make these programs possible.

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Helena Food Share

Since 1987, Helena Food Share has been providing food to our neighbors in need. At Helena Food Share, it is our mission to serve our neighbors in need by providing food in a respectful and dignified way and by working with others to eliminate hunger in the greater Helena area. Our vision, simply, is to create a hunger-free community. We know that 1 in 7 residents of Helena struggles with hunger. 1 in 5 Helena children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Families come to the Helena Food Share pantry because they are facing difficult times.

These folks need help while they experience difficulty paying medical bills, struggling with a disability, finding their way through a layoff, or they’re simply doing their best to make ends meet with a low or fixed income. No matter the situation, we are dedicated to serving our customers with dignity and respect and providing them with emergency food to help in any circumstances.

Helena Food Share is the home to a number of programs uniquely designed to reduce hunger in our community. It takes the contributions of many to make these programs possible.The generosity of Health Products for You will help
• Provide emergency food for 1,500 local families each month,
• Serve nearly 1,100 elementary school students every week with the Kid Packs program,
• Distribute nearly 6,000 pounds of food to local families in need each day,
• Give 1,200 volunteer hours to make the pantry’s programs possible per month,
• Keep the pantry doors open so local families are served with dignity and respect to give them hope!

Helena Food Share Community

At Helena Food Share we know all food is not created equal. We are working hard to increase the nutritional value of the food we offer in our pantry. Last fall, we started offering Montana-grown lentils to our customers. This high-protein legume is a healthy way for families to fuel up. Along with new healthy foods we offer, our team works to create simple, healthy recipes for our customers to take home with them to try. Recently, Helena Food Share started hosting cooking classes with the help of the Montana State University Extension Office and volunteers. Participants in the class were given crock pots to help them prepare the nutritious meals they learned about. Each item on a new recipe card was something available at the Helena Food Share pantry.

Kid Pack Program

Helena Food Share staff works hard to address hunger in our community through strategic programming. Our Kid Pack program, for example, addresses childhood hunger. Each week of the school year, Helena Food Share staff and volunteers distribute nearly 1,100 weekend snack packs (Kid Packs) to local children facing hunger. Without this vital weekend nutrition, local school administrators say children would show up to school without empty stomachs, unable to do the work teachers ask of them.

In food alone, the Kid Pack program costs more than $120,000 to operate annually. The Kid Pack program serves children in 13 local elementary schools and the Head Start program. Helena Food Share staff are cognizant that children do not stop being hungry when they enter middle school, but currently there is not enough funding available to expand the program to Helena-area middle and high schools.

For many children receiving Kid Packs, the weekend supply of food may be some of the only nutrition they receive on the weekend. Each Kid Pack contains shelf-stable milk, juice, low-sugar granola bars, cheerios, oatmeal, Easy Mac, pop-top meal in a can, fruit cups, peanut butter and crackers. All Kid Pack food is intended to be easy for children to open and consume.

Since Helena Food Share began operating the Kid Pack program seven years ago, we have amassed heart-wrenching stories of children struggling to get enough food on the weekend. We’ve heard from many elementary-school children who take home a Kid Pack each Friday and share the small food supply with older siblings. We heard from a single mom who said her two young children both receive Kid Packs. On the weekend the mother cooks the plain oatmeal from the Kid Packs for her children. She sprinkles a bit of brown sugar and milk on top, if she can afford both items that week. The three sit down and share the small breakfast. Telling the story, this mother beams and thanks Helena Food Share staff because, ‘Food for my family on the weekend is a luxury,’ she says. If a plain oatmeal package on the weekend is a ‘luxury,’ we know Kid Packs are helping fill a gap for hungry children.

Helena Food Share Began Operating the Kid Pack Program
Intricate Training

We could go on with countless stories of children receiving hope from a small package of food each week. We could spout more staggering statistics of poverty in Lewis and Clark County. But we want to look to the future. We want to look forward to a time when we reach every hungry child before they miss their next meal. Helena Food Share relies on the generosity of individuals, civic and church groups and businesses to feed the 1 in 7 people facing hunger in Montana each day. We know it will take even more food, funds and friends to help us reach every hungry child in the greater Helena area. It takes businesses with big hearts, like Health Products for You, to step up and make a real, tangible difference.

Thank you for caring and for helping feed the 1 in 5 children in Helena who do not know where their next meal is coming from.We thank you for caring about more than 8,200 people who visit the Helena Food Share pantry for help each year. We could not do what we do without YOU!

Covenant House

In 1995, Karen Shirk was told she was too disabled to receive a service dog. She decided to make sure no one else ever had to hear those words.

4 Paws for Ability is the embodiment of Karen’s vision - a nonprofit organization that breeds, socializes, trains, and places service dogs with children and veterans. Since its inception in 1998, 4 Paws has paired over 1,100 trained service dogs to people living with a variety of disabilities. With a team of 75 employees and over 600 volunteers, 4 Paws now places over 100 dogs per year. 4 Paws dogs (and the humans they love and serve) can be found in almost all 50 statesas well as Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Dogs trained through 4 Paws meet the criteria for ‘service animals’ as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

http://4pawsforability.org/
Covenant House

Covenant House New Orleans was founded on the edge of the French Quarter 30 years ago to provide a safe haven for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth (ages 22 and under). We have provided over 20,000 kids with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational support, individual and family counseling, job readiness and placement, short & long-term housing, life skills, and more.

The vast majority of our youth have endured physical and/or sexual abuse and have also experienced the violence of the streets. Our counselors estimate 85% suffer from some form of traumatic stress disorder. Tulane’s Cowen Institute estimates there are 26,000 at-risk youth in our community. Our first priority is always to reunite our youth with healthy, functional family. For the majority of our kids for whom family is not an option, we give them an educational & vocational assessment and help them find a job that suits their skills.

http://www.covenanthouseno.org
Soldiers Angel

Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families and a growing veteran population. Soldiers’ Angels was established in 2003 by the mother of a son who was deployed to Iraq. She began sending care packages to her son and was then asked to not only send more care packages to many more deployed but to also assist with other needs. September 11th was a catalyst that inspired Americans to support the military and help out any way they could. Soldiers’ Angels was created as an opportunity for them to provide that support with care packages, hand-sewn blankets, letters, cards, and other items from ‘home’.

In just 14 years, since this small beginning of sending care packages, Soldiers’ Angels has grown to over 12 Programs with over 100,000 volunteers nationwide. Most of the programs and services offered by Soldiers’ Angels are performed by volunteers who work tirelessly supporting our nation’s veterans, wounded warriors, deployed service members and their families.

http://www.soldiersangels.org
Asha for Education

On May 12th, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to ‘Asha for Education’. Asha for Education took roots in 1991 when a group of students including Deepak Gupta, Sandeep Pandey, and VJP Srivatsavoy from the University of Berkeley, CA got together and discussed ways to bring about a socio-economic change in India. The group was formed with a belief that education is a requisite to bring about the much needed socio economic change in India. It was named ‘Asha’, meaning ‘hope’. Since then, Asha for Education has grown via its chapters, and today has more than 65 chapters worldwide.

Asha for Education is a 501(c)(3) organization in the US. Each year, our work touches the lives of several thousands of children across a few hundreds of projects. We have no offices, and 100% of our efforts are driven by unpaid volunteers. All donations are tax deductible, and we have earned a reputation for sending >98% of donations to our projects.


http://www.ashanet.org
Doug Fluite, Jr. Foundation for Autism

On April 14th, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to ‘Doug Fluite, Jr. Foundation for Autism’. The Flutie Foundation awards grants to individuals and families dealing with the challenges of autism.

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. was established in 1998 by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Through their General Grants, Joeys Fund, Allison Keller Technology fund and other programs and initiatives, The Flutie Foundation awards grants to individuals and families dealing with the challenges of autism as well as to the organizations that support them. The grants that they provide give individuals with autism access to much needed educational and other support services, autism specific active lifestyles programs and assistance with transitioning to adult independence. In addition The Flutie Foundation, through their grant programs, awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services such as family support, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism.

http://www.flutiefoundation.org
Womens Center of Danbury

On March 10th, two days after International Women’s day, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to Women’s of Danbury. Since 1975, the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury has been a safe haven as the sole provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County areas. Each year the Center serves over 25,000 individuals from our area communities. Our FREE and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Center’s key areas of focus include emergency shelter and support services, counseling and advocacy, crisis intervention, and community education, primary prevention and training.

All funds provided to the Center support our critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault, and resource services for adults and children in our 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman and Washington.

http://www.wcogd.org

UPCOMING GIVING DAYS

September 15, Helena Food Share
October 13, Upcoming Giving Day
November 10, Upcoming Giving Day