Sheila and Kenzie Gilbert provide lunches to 150 children each weekday beginning the day school is out in the spring until the day it resumes in the fall. Most of the children who live in this St. Joseph, Missouri neighborhood receive free or reduced priced breakfast and lunch during the school year but have limited food resources in the summer. Food for Kids make sure children have school supplies, clothes and shoes. They have organized activities for kids including fishing trips and water games.
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward. Matthew 10:42 (NIV)
While serving these children, The Gilberts have learned their names, met their families and heard their stories. They've come face to face with the sobering reality of poverty in the community. Click Here to Read "Community Matters Publications.
OUR NEW VAN!!!
(donated by Mosaic Hospital - November 2019)
2018 SUMMER TIME FUN!
School's Out and happy days are here again at Food for Kids! On Thursday, June 7th, 2018, we had a good time dealing with obstacles, e.g."fighting obesity"... rope pulling and sack races to bring the kids together. "I enjoyed it as much as the kids!"
OLIVE GARDEN RESTAURANT
PROVIDES FREE PIZZAS!!!
SHINE ON AWARD PRESENTED!!!
Sheila's 2018 Missionary Trip to Kumasi, Ghana
pictured with her includes Prime Ministers, Arch Bishops, a Rabbi and Doctors from around the world on a mission.
Founders inducted into Black Archives Hall of Fame Feb. 2017
Shelia Honored in 2017 by
Women of Excellence
For her leadership and contributions to the St. Joseph Community
BEYOND SUMMER!!! ... 2017 ANNUAL TURKEY DRIVE
In addition to serving lunches, Shelia and Kenzie Gilbert have also collected and distributed hundreds of turkeys each Thanksgiving to their friends and neighbors. Click on YouTube video aired KQ2 News in St. Joseph, Missouri (Play starting 7:41).
Kenzie & Sheila Gilbert
St. Joseph, Missouri
It all started when a group of kids came up to Kenzie and Sheila Gilbert's pickup while they were inside eating lunch one day and asked for food. The couple took a banana, broke it into five pieces and shared the rest of their lunch.
"When you see kids begging us for something, we didn't like it. It just kind of touched us", Mrs. Gilbert said. "We thought maybe we should do something about it."
What the transplanted Houston couple did was start a program called Food for Kids. It's a program to feed Mid-town children during the months when school is out who might not otherwise receive a meal at home.
In a year, the program expanded from feeding children to feeding families. With contributions from area churches and businesses, Food for Kids is able to give canned goods, bread and other food items to families in the community. At certain times, they host a free turkey giveaway and offer free haircuts to Mid-town youth.
Mrs. Gilbert said she and her husband both were honored and excited to be chosen for "20 Who Count" this year.
"I am overwhelmed", she said. "It's an honor for somebody to recognize us.
St. Joseph News Press