Heart for What Matters
No Child Hungry
At Flying G Jerky, we have a heart for giving back. That is why we have partnered with No Child Hungry and Fisher house. We took time to think and pray about where we really wanted to help from the sales of our beef jerky and we came up with these organizations. Our heart landed with them because we never like to see children suffering from hunger and we want to help fellow veterans where we can.
When we hear about children suffering and going hungry, it hits us right in the feels. Since we make a high-quality beef jerky that provides proper nutrition to your body, it felt natural to partner with an organization that combats child hunger. Children should always be taken care of and have a meal in their bellies. They need proper nutrition for their developing bodies and mind. If they have proper nutrition in front of them, that is one of the first steps in setting them up for success.
1 in 7 children in the United States lives with hunger.
As you might imagine, hunger is a problem that most often affects low-income families. A common way we measure poverty is the federal poverty level, a number set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federal poverty level is the minimum amount of money a family needs each year to afford the necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter and transportation.
In 2018, the federal poverty level was $25,750 for a family of four.
Tragically, a huge number of Americans fall below this line. Almost 40 million people (12% of all Americans) lived in poverty in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of that number, over 13 million were children.
More than 11 million children in the United States live in homes that do not have enough food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That means those families do not have enough food for every family member to lead a healthy life. This does not always mean that there is nothing to eat. But it can mean that children get smaller portions than they need, or parents are not able to afford nutritious foods like high-protein beef jerky.
What makes it so emotional for us is that we have two young children ourselves. We can not even imagine them not being able to eat each meal per day. Children do not have the ability to go out and find their own meal, especially younger kids. They do not have the money and resources it takes to buy their own groceries like beef jerky or go out and hunt for their own food. It takes a responsible adult to make sure they are taken care of. There could be several factors at play as to why a child is going hungry. On my deployment to Iraq, I witnessed firsthand children some children suffering from hunger. If I had any spare beef jerky, I would always share it with them. It’s heartbreaking. Whatever that reason may be, Flying G Jerky wants to be at the forefront of helping combat the problem of childhood hunger. If we could get a bag of our top quality beef jerky into the hands of every hungry child, that would be such a great feeling.
As a Veteran-owned company, helping other veterans is near and dear to our hearts. My wife and I both served in the Army with a few deployments between the two of us. We know first-hand what veterans and their families go through. The sacrifices made by the service members and their families takes a toll both abroad and at home. Long hours of training and deployments can leave many unseen scars that do not manifest until later.
We decided to give back to the Fisher House because of their outstanding record of taking care of not just the service members but also the families. 93% of every dollar spent by the Fisher House directly helps military, Veterans and their families. The Fisher House builds comfortable housing where military and Veteran families can stay while their loved one is in the hospital nearby.
This is huge if you really think about it. Our military does not get paid very well for the danger they are put in. I know first-hand. We definitely do not do it for the money though. We do it for the love of our country. When the average enlisted family has a service member injured on a deployment, they definitely want to be with them to bring them comfort in a very stressful time. They are traveling on an extremely limited budget and the less they have to worry about, the better. If they can travel with the peace of mind knowing that they have a free place to stay, they can concentrate on the needs of their injured service member.
Fisher Houses are given to the U. S. Government as gifts. Military service secretaries and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the homes. The Fisher House Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, builds new houses, and assists in the coordination of private support and encourages public support for the homes.
Typically, the houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square foot homes donated by the Fisher family and Fisher House Foundation. Each house is designed to provide 8 to 21 suites. All are professionally furnished and decorated in the tone and style of the local region. The houses can accommodate 16 to 42 family members. They feature a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with library, and toys for children. Newest houses are 100% handicap accessible and include elevators. A Fisher House is a temporary residence and is not a treatment facility, hospice or counseling center. The program began in 1990 and has offered more than 8 million days of lodging to more than 350,000 families.
They also provide a Hero Miles Program and Hotel for Heroes program where they provide donated airline miles and hotel stays to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members and have hotel rooms for them to stay in should a Fisher House home not be available. On top of that, The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses, and children of fallen and disabled veterans. To date, the Fisher House has donated over $20 million in scholarships.