Every April, Kiwanians and their families, friends and coworkers take part in Skip-A-Meal by passing up a meal (or bringing a meal) instead of eating at a restaurant. They then give the cost equivalent of that meal to the Kiwanis International Foundation. These gifts help them extend their Kiwanis impact to children at home and around the world.
The Skip-A-Meal program allows clubs to be creative. Some club members simply skip their meal or bring a meal from home to the club meeting and then make their gift. Other clubs put together an event or activity that includes their friends, community and coworkers. For instance, some clubs attract donations at a storefront booth or neighborhood event.
The Kiwanis Club of New Kingston, Jamaica, raised more money by extending the program's theme to a weight-loss competition for club members. With "KCNK's Biggest Loser," each participant's Skip-A-Meal gift also served as an entry fee. Participants were weighed and measured weekly, and anyone who gained weight from the previous week was "fined" for each pound gained. Club leaders arranged for two-month sponsorships at three local gyms, awarding one each to the first-, second- and third-place weight losers. With the contest as an extra incentive, the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston ultimately gave our foundation JA$26,060 (approximately US$300) through the Skip-A-Meal program.
Join the Kiwanis family by skipping just one meal during the month of April. With Skip-A-Meal, you support Kiwanis International’s mission of serving the children of the world—by helping to fund grants from our foundation to Kiwanis clubs and districts. It’s another way to extend your Kiwanis impact and help change children’s lives today.
WAYS TO GIVE
1. Donate online for Skip-A-Meal
2. Download a gift/pledge form to donate by mail or fax
3. Formulario de compromiso de donación (gift/pledge form in Spanish)
1. Skip-A-Meal table tent
2. Skip-A-Meal placemat and ideas
3. Aviso de mesa de Aporte Una Comida (Skip-A-Meal table tent in Spanish)
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Health Note – If a person is under a physician’s care, he or she should consult a doctor before participating. If meal-skipping is not an option, a person’s participation through a gift is still welcome.