Overall poverty rates in the US have decreased. BUT, poverty rates in Kansas City have climbed to 16% – a 3% increase from last year. Today, many hardworking families are stuck in the cycle of poverty. The poverty rate is nearly 20% among children under 18 – that’s 1 in 5 children in our community!
TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THIS
Hands to Hearts began in the Spring of 2009 with the simple goal helping children in need. What began with a handful of volunteers packing backpacks of nutritious food for 150 inner-city children to take home from school on Fridays quickly grew. We now proudly serve as Harvesters largest community partner in the BackSnack Program. The Bookmobile visits local schools and community groups, handing out FREE books to children. And our clothing closet distributes HUNDREDS of articles of clothing each year.
We are currently serving 1300 students weekly in 19 schools in Kansas City, KS and Shawnee Mission, KS school districts. Harvesters is the largest feeding program in America. Thanks to all our volunteers, Hands to Hearts is the largest community partner with Harvesters in the metro, making us the largest community partner in America!
We operate an ongoing clothing drive and maintain in-school clothing closets as well as set up free clothing “stores” as needs dictate. In 2014, H2H delivered 1400 pairs of warm gloves, 650 winter hats and 600 tubes of lip balm to our community’s children in need. Each winter, we collect new hats, gloves, and chap stick to hand out to children.
BOOKMOBILE & BOOK DRIVE
Have new or gently used books you need to get rid of? We collect those too! We use our Bookmobile to distribute books to approximately 700 children a month and also distribute books directly to school libraries.