Caring for Kidz

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We’ve All Seen the Ads

“Sponsor A Child”

You’ve seen the ads to sponsor a child and it is wonderful to help children around the world. But won’t you consider helping a child in your own back yard? Many children in our own community arrive at school on Monday hungry, because they have little or nothing to eat when school is not in session. Not all localities have aid available to them through the area food banks.  Orange County, where this program has started is one such county.  Currently 15% of children under the age of 18 in Orange County live in poverty.

“I like it because I have food to eat over the weekend.  I love the snack bar and the mac and  cheese and the vanilla milk.  Thank you so much.  I love all the food.”
– 2nd Grade Participant at Unionville Elementary School

Good nutrition is important for establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences. We CAN change that. Shining Hands through our Caring for Kidz Program is providing weekend meals to children who otherwise would not eat. Each child in the program receives a meal bag containing enough food for breaksfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for 2 days. The cost per child per month is $30. Won’t you consider sponsoring a child or donating items for the food bags.

“It gives me food for the weekend to eat.” – 2nd Grade Participant at Unionville Elementary School


No Child Deserves to go Hungry

“I do not have money because my mom don’t work no more.  I like getting the food.” – 1st Grade Participant at Unionville Elementary School

Shining Hands is a 501 (c) (3) organization, so donations are tax exempt as provided for by law. All funds for this program go directly to the program. There are no administrative fees or salaries paid from these funds. Shining Hands has NO PAID positions. We are 100% volunteer. If you cannot donate financially or with food items, consider donating your time. Contact Carol Lee at or 540-661-2047 to find out more. Donations can also be made here on our website or by mail.

Volunteer Your Time

There are many ways you can help.

Pack Bags

Deliver Bags to Schools

Host a Food Drive or Fundraiser

Help with Fundraising Calls

Spread the Word, Share our Facebook Posts, Display our Brochures and Posters

Typical Weekend Meals

Typical Weekend Meals