See the link above to find out how you can brighten your holidays and help Wiley families in crisis this holiday season.
On this Giving Tuesday, please consider supporting the Cecilia Rawlins Fund and its mission. CRF helps nourish children at Wiley Elementary School by funding the weekly Backpack Buddies program to provide meals to children on weekends. The fund also pays one time rent or utility payments for families in financial crisis. All programs and assistance are provided free of charge and almost 100% of donations are used to support the mission.
One in three children in North Carolina experiences food insecurity, which is higher than the national average. About 25% of Wiley students live at or below the poverty line. Chances are, you have spent time with a child who was ashamed, exhausted, anxious, unfocused, or any of the things that come with being chronically hungry.
A peek into the lives of the children and families in crisis at Wiley Elementary School:
● Some families were displaced and sought refuge in motels or split up to live with family.
● Mothers and their children escaped from abusive situations.
● Families experienced job loss, terminal illness, or natural disasters that rendered them homeless.
All of the students were able to stay at Wiley for the school year due to the McKinney-Vento Act, federal legislation that gives those kids at least one safe, stable, nurturing place. The children get two meals a day during the school year, and staff and teachers have provided additional food to help these families over weekends and breaks. The burden of providing basic needs for these homeless and hungry children has fallen on the shoulders of dedicated faculty and staff who are already strapped. Additionally, earlier this year, North Carolina lawmakers tried to take away food assistance, including school lunches, from over 50,000 children from low-income families through a special provision in the state budget.
The Cecilia Rawlins Fund is a 501 (c)(3) so your generous donations are tax deductible.
● $10 feeds a student one for one weekend
● $39 feeds a student for a month
● $175 funds a semester
● $350 funds an entire school year
We need more people in our community to make a bigger impact together. Put simply, we need your help. Donate online and tell others about this nimble little organization making a big difference.
Eat for a cause.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
3817 Beryl Rd, Raleigh
15% of food sales ALL DAY LONG will benefit
Wiley’s Cecilia Rawlins Fund
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During this time of Thanksgiving, I want to extend my gratitude for all that you're doing to make our community a better place. In this giving spirit, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, The Cecilia Rawlins Fund is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.
Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We encourage you to join the movement this year by making a donation to The Cecilia Rawlins Fund at: http://rawlinsfund.org/
The Cecilia Rawlins Fund is a 501 (c)(3) organization named in honor of beloved Wiley Elementary School principal Cecilia Rawlins. Its mission is to support Wiley children and families in crisis.
The primary purpose of the Cecilia Rawlins Fund is to provide weekend food for food-insecure families during the school year. But, The Fund has also helped buy glasses, coats, shoes and pay one time emergency bill assistance.
North Carolina has the 8th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation!
And, studies show that food insecurity effects children more deeply and more prevalently. Removing hunger from the equation for our students improves individual achievement and the educational experience for all.
Through generous donations like yours, we are able to provide nutritious food to be sent home weekends during the school year with Wiley students experiencing food stress. Through community support, the Fund currently assists 29 students for the entire school year, but, with your help, we could do more.
- $350 feeds a child for an entire year
- $175 feeds a child for a semester
- $39 feeds a child for a month
100% of your donation goes directly to feeding children who may otherwise go without weekend food.
Thanks for your consideration, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Kathleen Lowe, Chair
Cecilia Rawlins Fund Board
The Cecilia Rawlins Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. No consideration is given in exchange for donations. Contributions to the organization are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
North Carolina has one the highest percentages in the United States of children under 18 years of age who are food insecure on a regular basis: in NC almost 1 in 4. (24.6%)
Between 2010-16 North Carolina regularly ranked among the top ten states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages; over 1,764,000 of our neighbors - nearly one in six.
Approximately 160,000 different people in NC receive emergency food assistance in any given week. This is equivalent to feeding nearly every resident of Asheville, Chapel Hill and Elizabeth City every week.
North Carolina also ranks in the fifteen worst states in the percentage of children under 18 who are lacking food on a regular basis.
81% of NC households receiving food assistance don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
36% of food pantries in NC have had to turn people away for a lack of food to give them.
- 73% of the NC households we serve have had to choose between paying for food or paying for health care or medicine.
75% of households served by food banks have had to choose between buying food and heating their homes.
61% of families served by food banks have been forced to choose between paying for food or paying for housing.
- An estimated 22% of client households have a member who has served in the military; 6% have a member currently serving.
For more information see: http://ncfoodbanks.org/hunger-in-north-carolina/
CRF is a proud supporter of the BackPack Buddies program.
BackPack Buddies provides children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children, selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and supervisors of various after school programs, receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week.
|Overall percent of population who are food insecure||14|
|Number in population who are food insecure||121,650|
|Number of children eligible for free and reduced price school meals||56,280|
|But of those, how many actually get the meals?|
|Percent of eligible children actually getting free and reduced price school lunch||71|
|Percent of eligible children actually getting free and reduced price school breakfast||34|
|Percent of eligible children actually getting free summer meals||9|
|Amount of Federal money available for free and reduced price school lunches but NOT accessed due to children not participating||68,893|
|Amount of federal money available for free and reduced price school breakfast but NOT accessed due to children not participating:||50,192|
|Amount of federal money available for free summer lunch but NOT accessed due to children not participating||172,429|