A quality education for children starts with a child being ready to learn. The most-foundational block of that readiness is consistent access to adequate nutrition. Quite simply,
a hungry child cannot pay attention in class and therefore cannot succeed at learning. Fill Ministries solves a child’s food insecurity with meals delivered directly to the home
52 weeks a year, through Meals by Grace food support. Organically-grown produce and fish protein from our aquaponic greenhouses will go one step further, to improve children's
diets, enhancing their quality of life and preventing health issues such as obesity.
Multiple studies have concluded that that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke and may help to reduce obesity. But when incomes drop,
food choices shift, and the first items to go are usually healthier foods. Lower-income households purchase more cereals, pasta, potatoes, legumes,
and fatty meats than their
higher income counterparts. Their vegetables and fruits are often limited to iceberg lettuce, potatoes, canned corn, bananas, and frozen orange juice.
Georgia ranks number 39 out of 50 for daily intake of fruit and vegetables, with 42% of Georgians eating less than one fruit daily and 23% eating less than one vegetable per day.
To change that trend with the families we serve, we must acknowledge that low-income families make tough choices between eating nutritious food and paying bills. For these families, the
Fill Ministries aquaponic farm fills the gap between subsistence calories and healthy nutrition.
After our second greenhouse begins to produce a consistent crop, we anticipate being able to provide produce for all of our client families, year-round. The flow of produce will be
accompanied by recipes and life skills mentoring for how to use the food.