Read to Feed the Mind has one simple mission: Get books into the hands of children in low income families.
Dear Friends and Family -
In reference to Give to the Max day which is today(!), I wanted to let you know about a non profit I have been working with over the past 1 1/2 years - Read to Feed the Mind. This very simple concept was an idea from a friend of mine, that has prospered into an amazing non-profit reality. This simple concept of gathering new and gently used books that are given directly to lower income children thru our local food shelves is a growing endeavor. The idea came about after learning about the high percentage of low literacy rates in children of low income families. More than 60% of children living in poverty do not have a single age-appropriate book in their homes. The effects of the discrepancy that children are not exposed to words/learning thru books at home puts them behind in school from the get go. This simple concept has the potential to make a big difference in starting and keeping students reading from an early age.
In Buffalo alone, the number of families served thru our Food Shelf usage has grown from 1,143 to 5,125 over 5 years. To those families and as part of Toys for Tots in Wright County, several thousand, age appropriate books have been given away. We are working with other food shelves around the area and have had some requests outside of Minnesota with interest growing. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause