The Common Ground Network is a local community organization comprised of churches, civic groups, the City of Mansfield, MISD, and local food banks. They create, organize and direct programs to serve the children of our community. Our local Kiwanis clubs, as well as Kiwanis clubs internationally, focus on serving needy children, so it was a natural fit when The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield partnered with Common Ground in 2007.
The Mansfield community, like so many others, provides a free and reduced cost breakfast and lunch program through our school system to address the nutritional needs of under privileged children. This support ends when school is out for the summer, leaving these children without an adequate supply of food. In 2006 Common Ground created a way to help feed these children during the summer by creating the Feed the Kids Program. It was a primitive and very small program that year, run by just a few folks with big hearts and a dream to help these children. Money for this program was in very short supply until The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield heard about the efforts of Common Ground and joined forces to meet the needs of these children. The following year The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield provided substantial financial resources and participation to support the Feed the Kids Program. The number of children served has increased more than four fold since its inception. The bags provided to these children every week include enough food for 5 days.
The food is “child friendly” and nutritious. Feed the Kids has now expanded to be a “feed and read” mission thanks to the donation for books from the local Rotary Club. The Common Ground Network is also active in providing school supplies to the children of the MISD, they organize activities to help needy children during the Christmas season and work with the school PTA organizations. Common Ground continues to grow in its service thanks to organizations like The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield and compassionate citizens in our community. The members of the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield are proud to serve Mansfield children in partnership with Common Ground Network.
Volunteers Needed! Please join members of the Mansfield Kiwanis and other like minded Mansfield volunteers to support the Feed the Kids for Summer Program! We need your help during the Summer to unload food from delivery trucks and pack the food into individual bags at the Feed the Kids facility located at: 150 S 6th Avenue, Mansfield, TX 76063. Volunteers will be need each week throughout the Summer.
Check out the video posted by Mansfield ISD Trustee Raul Gonzalez on Facebook showing all the volunteers that showed up to pack food bags for the Feed the Kids for Summer Program. The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield is a proud partner with the Common Ground Network for this amazing program that serves the children of Mansfield! Please join us on Wednesday evening at 6 to pack more bags for the kids. Thank you to all of the incredible volunteers that make this happen every week during the Summer!