FCO IS LOCAL
Our longterm goal is to have a farm within 50 miles from all major cities in the US and donate all produce grown to the local community, since 82% of food deserts are in urban areas. Our first farm is located just outside of Atlanta, GA. Georgia has a lot of need; 1,279,310 people face hunger in the state and 377,400 of them are children.
1 in 7 children in Georgia face hunger
Our goal is to see to it no school-aged child in Oregon ever again knows the anguish of hunger and malnutrition. We have a long way to go to help them all.
Hunger to a child is a constant presence, even if they can’t articulate it. Beyond the hunger pangs themselves, malnourishment threatens mental and physical development, harms the body and weakens the spirit. Our objective is not only to make sure they are fed and can focus on learning, but to help them and their families break the cycle of generational poverty and malnutrition.
Today we are bettering the lives of a thousand Oregon kids who would otherwise go hungry. We are dedicated to reaching and rescuing thousands more.
JUST THE FACTS
Starting in October 2021 FCO will deliver weekly produce boxes to 6 libraries
If there are no healthy food options within 1 mile for urban areas and 10 miles for rural areas or more than 33% of the residents don't have reliable transportation, it is designated as a food desert
82% of food deserts are in urban areas
1/4 of US children's daily vegetable intake comes from french fries and potato chips
Obese children will lose 5 or more years off of their life expectancy
39 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2020
$14 billion is spent annually on health expenses directly related to health issues caused by childhood obesity
The least expensive foods in industrialized nations tend to be processed and high in sugar, sodium and calories but low in nutrients
The food and beverage industry spends more than $2 billion a year marketing to children, the majority being breakfast cereals, carbonated drinks, and fast foods
An estimated 36% of US children eat fast food on any given day
Children who have been food insecure in early life have an average 13% drop in reading and math test scores compared to food-secure classmates
Low-income areas have little or no access to healthy foods making them disproportionally affected by food insecurity
Children are the most vulnerable to food insecurity which can have longterm health, societal, and mental problems as it affects them during their developmental years
A quarter of US kids get 25% of their calories from fast food and 12% of kids get more than 40% of their calories from fast food
The number of overweight and obese children in low income families are double that of children in moderate or high income families