Houston Challenge Helping Raise Poverty Awareness

Article was submitted by Shannon Thorne of Challenge St JPII School

Houston4One of the projects our Challenge club did in this year, helped highlight the USCCB’s designation of January as Poverty Awareness Month. The Challenge Club at St. John Paul II Catholic School in Houston  participated in a service activity for Kids’ Meals. Houston ranks third in the nation among major cities for children living with food insecurity. Kids’ Meals’ mission is to end childhood hunger in Houston by delivering free, healthy meals, year-round to the doorsteps of Houston’s hungriest preschool-aged children. Kids’ Meals is the nation’s only meals on wheels program for preschool-aged children.

Houston2The St. John Paul II Challenge Club wanted to help Kids’ Meals in its mission by participating in its Lunch Pack program. The girls assembled 50 Lunch Packs comprised of several non perishable and healthy snacks that members of the club donated. They also wrote and drew inspirational messages on the brown lunch bags offering prayers and messages of hope for the children. Kids’ Meals was very appreciative of the girls’ work and included this message on their social media post yesterday (Jan. 22)