Kids Living In Poverty Under The Age Of 18

BY COUNTY NEAR PERIMETER CHURCH

 



20%

Gwinnett County
OVER 48,000 KIDS
 

12%

North Fulton County
Roswell & Alpharetta
OVER 4,000 KIDS

 

7%

South Forsyth County
OVER 3,000 KIDS

 


Hunger is not a problem most of us closely associate with our neighbors in the United States, judged around the world as the “land of plenty". Relatively few of us know what it’s like to put children to bed hungry or undernourished, and few know the feelings of defeat and hopelessness that come with being unable to provide all our children’s basic needs. Nearly 1 million children in Georgia schools are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch, a crucial meal that disappears in the summer. While summer often means sleeping in or planning your next getaway, many of your neighbors are wondering how they will feed their children lunch today. During school, a free lunch meal doesn’t come out of the sparse family budget. Our local co-ops are helping to ensure that no kids go hungry this summer. They need us to stock their shelves with breakfast and lunch items for kids throughout the summer. If you have extra time in the summer months you may also want to serve alongside a ministry partner of Perimeter Church by serving in the summer programs that deliver sack lunches to kids right where they live.

What Can You Do?
  • Donate to our May Food Drive

    Donate food throughout the month of May to your local co-op. Or, you can donate money to our May Food Drive campaign. Checks should be written out to Perimeter Church - memo field (Food Drive).

  • Host a Food Drive during May or anytime this summer

    Host a Food Drive during May or anytime this summer on your street, in your neighborhood or at your workplace to stock the shelves of our local co-ops. If you’d like to host a food drive, Community Outreach can provide you with information, extra flyers and grocery bags to make it easy! 

     

    Click here to download our Food Drive Starter Packet.

     

    Download these customizable forms to use for your food drive:

    Neighborhood Food Drive - Sign Up

    Neighborhood Food Drive - Flyer

    Neighborhood Food Drive - Yard Sign

     

  • Volunteer For A Summer Lunch Program

    Sign up to volunteer for a Summer Lunch Program - You can pack non-perishable lunches at home with your friends or you can pack and deliver lunches onsite with one of our partnering agencies like Rainbow Village and Project Kids Eat. For more information see the links below.


  • Get creative!

    Get creative! Talk to your kids about ideas they may have to serve other kids this summer. For inspiration, check out this video story called The Lemonade Stand about two young girls who wanted to raise money to help others. 

Watch this video that was created in 2013. The need for food has increased since then!

Get Ready For Summer!

Most needed food items:
  • Cereal
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Pop Top Canned Meals
  • Fruit Cups
  • Canned Meat
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Individual Microwavable Meals

Did you know that 20% of kids under the age of 18 in Gwinnett County are living in poverty? Additionally, numbers in North Fulton and South Forsyth are on the rise. When school lets out this summer, thousands of kids will be without their normal free and assisted lunches.  You can help provide the much needed food for these kids and their families through participation in our MAY FOOD DRIVE.  Pick up a grocery bag from our lobbies and bring it back into church full. Or consider, hosting your own food drive. Donations will be given to local co-ops that will distribute them this summer. Thank you for helping feed hungry families. 

Learn more about hunger in our area:

  • Local Co-ops
     
    WHAT ARE COOPERATIVE MINISTRIES?  

    The local cooperative ministries are Christian organizations providing local families in need with food, clothing, financial assistance for rent & utilities, employment assistance, and prayer support.  Thousands of people are helped each year in our communities!  They are supported by area churches, individuals, and a few corporate and foundation donations. Plan to drop off food and ask for a tour if you would like to find out more about how they are serving familes in your city.


    Norcross Co-op

    2275 Mitchell Rd, Norcross

    770.263.8268

     

    Duluth Hands of Christ Co-op

    3395 Fox St. Building 101, Duluth

    770.232.7454

     

    North Fulton Community Charities

    11270 Elkins Rd, Roswell 

    770.640.0399

     

    North Gwinnett Co-op

    4395 Commerce Drive, Buford

    770.271.9793

     

    Lawrenceville Co-op

    176 Church St, Lawrenceville

    770.339.7887

     

    Lilburn Co-op

    5329 Five Forks Trickum Rd, Lilburn

    770.931.8333

     

    The Place of Forsyth

    2550 The Place Circle, Cumming

    770.887.1098

     

  • Food Drive God Story
     

    As the spring began and promotions for the May Food Drive went up, Jill Aycock became aware of all the opportunities to serve in different ways. One night, Jill woke in the middle of the night, and had the idea to combine her hosting abilities with one of the summer serving opportunities. In just a few weeks, she was set to host a "Thirty One" party. Her idea was to combine this fun shopping event with the idea of giving to others, a "Shop and Serve" party.


    Jill asked all her attendees to bring non-perishable food items, as well as bring their kids to help. Over 50 guests arrived with their children, and the children decorated and stuffed lunch bags with some of the donated food. People who couldn't come to the party even took the time to drop off donations ahead of time. There were over 100 bags donated and decorated with some extra food that couldn't fit in the bags.



    Jill was so encouraged to see how excited everyone was, especially since many of the moms were asking for other ways to serve like this over the summer. Community Outreach is praising God for how He orchestrated the event, and they are looking forward to seeing how He will use it in the future.