SVK 2012: The Fight Against Hunger
Each year, Social Venture Kids, a teen philanthropy group, chooses an issue prevalent in their community to tackle. This year, SVK chose to focus the 2011-12 grantmaking cycle on hunger. During the past three years, the number of Washington state families struggling with hunger has almost doubled. SVK has learned about the issue of hunger, as well as what constitutes a successful program. They refined their giving priorities as they learned more, and in the spring, selected two organizations to receive grants.
SVK's 2011-12 Grantees
Hopelink is an organization with the mission to promote self-sufficiency for all members of the community. Hopelink provides a variety of social services, including providing healthy food to those with food insecurity. In addition to five food banks, emergency food bags are available at multiple Hopelink locations. Hopelink addresses the issue of hunger by working to address the core issues that caused the individual or family to become food insecure. SVK has granted Hopelink $5000 to further them in their work in combating hunger.
White Center Food Bank aims to fight hunger while nurturing self-reliance, community and cultural diversity. Through the Healthy Food Gift Certificate Program, each White Center Food Bank household receives one gift certificate a month to use at local markets. White Center Food Bank minimizes hunger by providing greater access to healthy foods in a food desert and nourishes an entire community in its collaboration with local businesses. SVK has invested $7000 in White Center Food Bank.
Social Venture Kids is a teen philanthropy group whose members are high school kids from Seattle and Bellevue. Armed with the knowledge of the problems their community faces, these members are prepared to address them one by one and they learn by taking action. The group has funded organizations that address issues such as teen pregnancy, teen drugs and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, as well as teen depression and suicide, to name a few.