The members of the Tri Valley Soccer Club (12 and under division),based in San Ramon, California, along with additional family members such as parents, grandparents and siblings lent their hands to complete the packaging of 6,264 meals of specially formulated soy, vegetable and rice casserole with added protein for Kids Against Hunger (KAH), Pleasanton.
Hunger is a worldwide concern. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates 795 million people – one in nine people – were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. Almost all (98%) of the hungry people live in developing countries.
Food ‘uncertainty’ affects 48.8 million Americans. Thirteen million children live in households that lack the means to receive nutritious food on a regular basis. Consequently, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year. Poverty is the leading cause of hunger, and children are the most visible victims of undernutrition. The athletes of the Tri Valley Soccer Club open their hearts and lend their hands to help less fortunate children.
The Tri Valley Soccer Club, is a non-profit organization established to provide its members unparalleled personal growth through the game of soccer.
Volunteers assume a station to measure and pour soy, add vegetable mix, sprinkle protein powder and shower rice to create the casserole meal mixture.
Dried vegetable flakes balance the nutritional composition.
The innovative approach of the Tri Valley Soccer Club is “designed to support the development of the ‘dedicated soccer player’.” Louise Arseneault, ‘Lou’, is manager of team programs and coaches the girls . As a player, she has played professional and collegiate soccer as well as having been a collegiate level assistant coach.
The Club is committed to delivering a comprehensive and unparalleled learning experience in all aspects of the game to the player with a serious desire to play the game at the highest levels. Focus includes speed drills, strength conditioning as well as team consciousness’.
The Kids Against Hunger volunteer staff introduced the helping hands volunteers program concept via an introductory documentary slide presentation that provoked tears in some viewers. This is an obvious testimony to the heartfelt commitment of the organization to make a significant impact to augment worldwide nutrition for children and families.
KAH provides food to undernourished children and families regardless of race, gender, faith, or other characteristics over which the recipients have no control. KAH ships the meals packaged by volunteers to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the destination countries. NAH seeks NGOs that offer economic and community development programs to enhance the general well-being of the family and community.
Accountability is essential, and partner organizations must have a proven track record to successfully provide the food to the children, and handle the responsibilities of documentation while keeping the food out of the hands of corrupt government officials and criminals.
Special thanks to ‘soccer mom’ Julie Haas whose knowledge of and experience with community helped to organize the packaging event for the 12 and under girls team and their families. Thanks to Sherri Leal the satellite director and Kids Against Hunger in the Bay Area for the opportunity to expand community. And thanks to Louise Arseneault, manager of Team Programs and Coach of the Tri Valley Soccer Club, who knows that supporting the development of dedicated soccer players includes not only knowledge of the game and practice with speed and strength conditioning, but also depends significantly on heart!
For further information, visit www.KAHBayArea.org