Attendees will enjoy traditionally roasted local oysters, fish stew, hot dogs, live music from Southern Flavor Bluegrass and The Secret Ingredients as well as a silent auction and activities for the kids. Please bring your own beverages. Coolers are welcome!
Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for children ages 3-12. Ages 2 and under are free. Limited number of children’s tickets available. This event will sell out!
When: Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Goat Island Gatherings, Goat Island, South Carolina *Boat shuttles provided by Barrier Island Eco Tours from the Isle of Palms Marina located at 50 41st Avenue, Isle of Palms. Shuttles to and from the event will be provided every half hour.
Why: To have a great time AND to raise funds to support Catch Up on Lunch, a nonprofit initiative that raises funds and awareness to combat past due school lunch debts for Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley County kids.
About Catch Up On Lunch: For the 2019-2020 school year, lunch debt in the three counties already totals over $100,000, forcing schools to choose between incurring the debt or feeding their students! Large past due lunch balances take funds from staff development, learning materials, arts programs and other initiatives in our schools. It also places students at risk for lunch shaming, a practice in which students who have used up their school meal accounts are denied lunches, served cold or cheap food instead of a hot meal, or are sent home with stamps on their hands to remind their parents to settle their balances.
By providing an alternative financial resource to address student lunch debt, educating the public on lunch shaming, and creating a dialogue on ways to address food insecurity, Catch Up On Lunch combats the difficulties that students and their families face as they struggle with inconsistent access to nutritious meals at school.
Kid-fueled nonprofit I Heart Hungry Kids is growing up
by: Lauren B. Johnson
How the nonprofit started by three young brothers addresses childhood hunger
I Heart Hungry Kids—founded by brothers Jackson, Gabe, and Riley Silverman—works to address childhood hunger through service, community outreach, and advocacy.
As children, we’re taught to use the buddy system, share with others, and lend a helping hand. No one would expect these simple preschool lessons might apply to the complexities of the local childhood hunger crisis. But, sometimes, the most straightforward ideas can make the biggest difference.
When he was seven years old, Jackson Silverman learned that 16,000 kids go hungry each weekend in Charleston County. Having watched his mother serve at the Lowcountry Food Bank, the determined boy decided he wanted to contribute. At the time, the charity lacked opportunities for kids, so Jackson cooked up the idea for a peer-to-peer program connecting young do-gooders with the food bank’s BackPack Buddies initiative. Jackson—along with his twin brothers, Gabe and Riley—jumpstarted I Heart Hungry Kids in 2013 with the help of a $500 grant from food services giant Sodexo.
Since its founding, the focus of this kid-operated nonprofit has been on the packing parties—energetic gatherings of 135 child volunteers who assemble bags of foodstuffs. BackPack Buddies then distributes the meal kits to Title One schools in the Tricounty area each Friday. As the face of I Heart Hungry Kids’ hands-on service opportunities, Jackson kicks off each party with a welcome speech explaining the day’s mission—over the years, he’s become quite a public speaker, delivering a TED talk at the age of 11 and, later this month, a PechaKucha presentation with his brothers.
After firing up the crowd, Jackson turns the stage over to DJ Gabe, who spins high-tempo beats, while Riley hits the kitchen with a nutritionist to fuel the volunteer force with healthy snacks. The energy is palpable as kids dance down the assembly line of nonperishables. “These kids are motivated to work hard, knowing the next child who touches the bag is someone in need,” says the boys’ mom, Tiffany.
Jackson, now 14, and Gabe and Riley, now 12, have grown up alongside the nonprofit. The boys plan to host four packing parties in 2020 as well as explore the areas of philanthropy most meaningful to them. Jackson, a high-school freshman, recently collected more than 3,000 pounds of canned food for James Island Outreach for his Eagle Scout project. Riley is a grower for Katie’s Krops, tending three school garden beds to donate his harvest directly to shelters and food banks. He also heads up a fight against school lunch debt with an effort dubbed Catch Up on Lunch. During the past year, the project has paid four local schools’ debts, reducing the Tricounty’s $600,000 lunch tab by $25,000. Gabe is focused on community outreach through canned food drives, raising awareness, and fundraising events.
Josh, the boys’ dad, says helping others can be a part of a child’s life from a very young age. Tiffany adds, “Our most important job is to help our children become men of character and substance. We’re planting seeds now for a lifetime of service.”
Plain popcorn is actually a healthy treat, but kinda boring on its own. By home-making your own delicious toppings you can make them all natural, and add a kick of flavor without all the chemicals and preservatives found in store-bought flavorings.
2 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 tablespoon dried chives
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup powdered milk
Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a container that has a lid. Add popcorn to the container, and then secure the lid. Shake well, and serve in a bowl.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Melt the butter and add the sugar and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly in a bowl, then pour over popped popcorn. Yum!
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Thoroughly mix all ingredients in a container with a secure lid. Add popcorn to the container, then secure the lid and shake well. Be sure to wash your hands after handling cayenne pepper, and avoid contact with the eyes.
Riley Says: Make this heart healthy snack for your sweetheart!
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup pecans, walnuts, or almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup raisins
1 cut freeze-dried strawberries or craisins
Measuring cups and spoons
Large bowl for all ingredients
Knife for chopping nuts, or just hit ’em with a rolling pin
Flat baking sheet 9″ x 12″
Parchment paper for baking
Heat oven to 275 degrees
In a big bowl, combine the oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, ginger, and salt until everything is all mixed up.
Add the oil, syrup or honey, and vanilla to the bowl. Stir until everything is coated. Riley’s Tip: pour the oil into the 1/3 cut measure first, then add to the mixture. Use the same oil-coated cup for the syrup or honey and it won’t stick!
Get a big flat baking sheet and put down a sheet of baking parchment paper so it won’t stick to the pan.
Spread the granola out in an even layer.
Bake for 40 minutes until lightly browned.
Take it out of the oven. Use oven mitts and be careful!!
Let cool completely.
Mix in the craisins or strawberries.
Store in an airtight container. I use a big glass jar with a steel lid that works great and is environmentally friendly too.