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Charity Spotlight: Beth Harp on Kid's Meals

Mellanie Perez | February 22, 2017 | Feature Features

Executive Director Beth Harp is set on increasing Kids' Meals daily delivery to 600 more meals a day in 2017.

One thing was clear for Beth Harp, executive director of Kids’ Meals, after first partaking on a food delivery ride with the nation’s only meals-on-wheels program for preschool kids: She wanted to dedicate her time to making sure children living in food-insecure homes were properly fed. “Kids would run up to the van to get what was most likely their only meal of the day,” Harp says. “I was so touched by the impact the organization was having.” While the initial delivery capped at 800 meals a day along two routes, today they travel six distinct routes delivering 2,000 meals to children within Beltway 8. In its 10 years, Kids’ Meals has been able to provide 3.2 million meals, a number that Harp is set to increase with new 2017 goals. The most ambitious one—to deliver 2,600 meals a day. “We’re trying to provide real, positive impact to the families we’re in contact with, so we’re bringing in a social worker on staff to connect families with resources that can help pull them out of the poverty cycle.” This year, the organization is also partnering with Shipley Do-Nuts on its third annual Shipley Do-Nut Dash April 15, where families dress as doughnuts and help raise funds. “Kids’ Meals can feed a child for $2,” Harp says. “We’re providing nutrition where many of these kids lack it and, hence, helping them meet their developmental milestones.”



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