GraceWorks is privileged to serve the needs in our community, but it is often difficult for others in our community to understand why GraceWorks is needed at all.
“We live in the wealthiest county in the state, so how much need is here?” is a question I am asked regularly. So, in addition to serving the poor, another important job GraceWorks has is advocating and creating awareness on behalf of the hungry and under-resourced families who seek our help.
Surprisingly, Williamson County is not immune to the issue of hunger. For example, did you know that 39.3% of students in the Franklin Special School District qualify for free/reduced lunches? And that more than 5,500 students in the entire county are eligible? That’s 1 in 7 students.
And they’re not the only ones who go hungry here. We serve Williamson County residents suffering from hunger ranging from premature infants to the elderly, from single adults to single parents, from retired military to active workers.
How GraceWorks helps with hunger issues:
• We will distribute 700 Fuel Bags of weekend nutrition each week this school year to students in Williamson County.
• GraceWorks gives over $1 million in food to hungry families each year.
• We continued to fulfill a growing need in our community for food by distributing 26% more food in 2014 over 2013.
The numbers paint a real picture of the need in Williamson County. Yet, numbers are numbers and people are people. People are hungry and people need your help. With September being Hunger Action Month, I encourage you to get involved in the fight against hunger by organizing a food drive, collecting funds or volunteering. Contact us for more information.
President & CEO of GraceWorks Ministries, Inc.