10 Hearts / September
Celebrating Kitestring’s 10th Anniversary
October / Marin Hudson
Jenn Hudder, CEO & Partner here at Kitestring, since day 1.
Give a brief overview of the project/initiative you chose.
I chose to highlight Food4Kids Hamilton for my month in our 10 Hearts program. Quite simply, Food4Kids provides packages of healthy food for kids aged 4-17 years old with limited or no access to food each weekend.
Food packages are assembled weekly by volunteers, delivered to schools, and tucked discreetly into backpacks each Friday to ensure that these kids have nourishment over the weekend.
Why did you choose your project?
Food4Kids entered my life many years ago when Lena came to visit us at Kitestring. She shared a story of the little boy waiting outside on a chilly Monday morning for the doors to the breakfast program to open. He hadn’t eaten all weekend.
At that time, Lena needed a website to give the organization a digital presence to assist in sharing the message of need. Of course, we were happy to do so.
Fast forward to just this past year, Food4Kids approached me to see if I had interest in joining their board of directors. I was so honoured and immediately responded that I would love to!
Being more intimately involved with the organization, I’ve gotten to really learn more about the needs of kids in our community and how hunger really is the root cause of so many challenges that they experience from overall fatigue to their ability to focus in class.
I was so happy to be able to highlight Food4Kids to both our team and our larger community via our 10 Hearts program.
What would people be surprised to learn about your initiative?
What did you learn by having this be your part of the 10 Hearts Celebration?
Being able to contribute to our community is so powerful in creating a purposeful business. Having each member of our team select their own initiative has provided us with an opportunity to learn more about our colleagues and the needs of our community. 10 Hearts has made our team stronger and our community stronger.
What have you learned most about your community in the 10 years Kitestring has been open?
From the moment we opened the business, the Hamilton community has always embraced us. Hamilton has a huge heart and together, we continue to strengthen our community.
What have you learned about yourself while being part of Kitestring?
Being the founder, it’s always amazing to me to see what a small collection of amazing individuals can accomplish. We use our skills and talents to help organizations have a voice and further their mission.
I’m late on writing this blog post. It’s actually December now. But it’s such a good reminder that there are 1300 children that will be heading out on Christmas break at the end of the month for 2 weeks. That’s 2 weeks at home, potentially, without food to keep them nourished.
It’s a great time to send through a donation of food or funds to Food4Kids to ensure that they have the resources they need to pack some reassurance into the backpacks of these children throughout the month of December.