Your donation will help the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota feed hungry children.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota has been dedicated to serving youth since 1974. We provide outcome-driven experiences using relationship-based programming to more than 1,600 youth daily at three Club facilities and 15 KIDSTOP sites. Our priority outcomes are Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles.
They begin with a warm smile from a caring adult. They build through educational enrichment, experiences in the arts, sports and recreational activities. They happen right here at the Boys & Girls Club. And it all starts with a meal.
The Boys & Girls Club provides a snack as soon as kids get off the bus every day to ensure that they are fueled to do their homework and stay active in our many programs. Then, mealtime is at 5 p.m.
Hunger is real in St. Cloud.
93% of Boys & Girls Club youth are eligible for free or reduced price lunches at school.
200 St. Cloud Area School District youth are considered homeless.
23% is the poverty rate in St. Cloud, compared to 11% in the State of Minnesota.
Children who struggle with hunger are:
Less able to concentrate and perform well in school
More likely to have behavioral, emotional and academic problems more likely to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids
More likely to experience headaches, stomachaches, colds, ear infections, and fatigue.
Last year, the Boys & Girls Club served nearly 110,000 meals to kids in need, and 40,000 snacks. The need to feed our community’s children continues to rise.
Please help us feed hungry children with your gift.
Great futures start here: Success Stories
I started attending the Roosevelt Boys & Girls Club when I was 7 years old. My father passed away a year later, and the Boys & Girls Club staff were a great support system for me. The Club also gave me a number of leadership opportunities. Today, I’m proud to wear a red Boys & Girls Club staff shirt. I’m also attending St. Cloud Technical & Community College, and the Club has helped me realize I want to work with children.
I started going to KIDSTOP when I was six years old. It was a cool, fun, and exciting place to go after school. KIDSTOP made it easier for me to make friends as a shy kid. I got my first job at KIDSTOP through the Jr. Volunteer program. I am currently attending Sartell High School, and I’m a staff at Pleasantview KIDSTOP.
I started coming to the Club when I was eleven years old. At first I was really quiet, but the staff helped me build confidence to get involved in my Club and community. In high school, I was involved in speech and theatre. I just graduated pre-med from St. Cloud State University, and I plan to go to medical school to become a family practitioner.