Nearly 17 million children in the United States experienced food insecurity in 2020, according to Feeding America, a leading national nonprofit food bank network. This is a devastating impact of the covid-19 pandemic.
In response to the pandemic's toll on local homeless shelter Anna's House, We Cancerve created "Spork'd," a free meal kits project where We Cancerve's all-youth team fills a box with all of the ingredients and instructions of their favorite family recipe to give to a family enrolled in a local homeless shelter's in transitional housing program. The kits often include cooking supplies as well, such as aluminum foil, measuring cups and pans.
The idea began with Jennifer Crosson, the resource development manager at Anna's House who was brainstorming alternative ways to offer life-skills courses to Anna's House program residents. Courses include family budgeting, job readiness and healthy, affordable cooking. These courses are designed to reduce recidivism.
Today, We Cancerve's Spork'd is a quarterly project for homeless, foster and other vulnerable families in the greater Baltimore/Harford County region affiliated with nonprofits we support. The project received initial funding from Hormel Foods and the Fearless Foundation.