Desert Schools Federal Credit Union raises childhood hunger awareness

PHOENIX, AZ (June 1, 2016) — One in every four children in Arizona struggles with food insecurity. This may seem like a staggering fact to some but childhood hunger, poverty and families in need are a very real issue for many in the state. Desert Schools Federal Credit Union is working to raise awareness of this important issue with the goal of donating $5,000 to support Kitchen on the Street, a local community partner whose mission is to eliminate hunger by offering food assistance programs.

During the summer months, food insecurity is often heightened since many children in need rely heavily on the free or reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches they receive at school. In observance of Hunger Awareness Month this June, every time the hashtag “#DSAgainstHunger” is used on social media, Desert Schools will donate one dollar to Kitchen on the Street, up to $5,000.

Studies have shown that children living in food-insecure households are 50 percent more likely to miss days of school, twice as likely to be suspended and 50 percent more likely to repeat a grade. Kitchen on the Street offers several programs to provide children with food outside of school with the mission to not only feed but also diminish the potential negative long-term effects of hunger.

“Desert Schools believes that we can create change together. Childhood hunger and food insecurity is a critical problem in Arizona and we want to not only draw attention to the problem, but help do something about it,” said Susan Frank CEO of Desert Schools. “A hashtag campaign is an easy and interactive way for our community to learn about the issue and increase awareness through the power of social media.”

In addition to the hashtag campaign, Desert Schools will be publishing educational pieces on the topic for employees and the community on the Desert Schools website.

On June 16, employees from Desert Schools will participate in a day of service; volunteering their time at Feed My Starving Children and St. Mary’s Food Bank, to give back and support this worthy cause.


About Desert Schools Federal Credit Union

Celebrating its 76th year in Arizona, Desert Schools is Arizona’s largest credit union with $3.8 billion in assets, more than 310,000 members and branch locations across the Valley. As a not-for-profit cooperative, Desert Schools prides itself on providing stellar service and innovative products to its members, and taking an active role in community outreach and education efforts in the Valley and beyond. Learn more at www.desertschools.org.