About Irene Michalos

Irene Michalos, along with her husband John and son Alexander, co-founded Agape Meals For Kids in the fall of 2021, driven by a need to combat the growing issue of food insecurity among school children on Long Island. Their response was fueled by the harrowing statistic that around 70,000 children in the region might face up to 72 hours without a meal from the time they eat lunch in school on Fridays until they return to school on Monday mornings for breakfast. Inspired by the immeasurable impact of compassion and selflessness, their mission is deeply rooted in personal experience. Irene’s aunt, Anna Kontogeorge, a beacon of inspiration since her childhood, exemplified the true meaning of kindness. Despite not having great wealth, she lived a remarkably modest life, dedicating herself to supporting families in need, including her own, during a challenging time when Irene’s father faced disability. Her resilience, love, and unwavering commitment to the well-being of others left an indelible mark on Irene’s heart. In honor of her legacy and the countless unsung heroes like her, Agape Meals for Kids strives to carry forward the spirit of generosity, ensuring that no child goes to bed hungry and every family receives the support they need to thrive. It's a tribute to the everyday heroes, who like her Aunt, prove that a compassionate heart can make a world of difference, no matter the circumstances. Irene and her family believe that the well-being of our children is a shared responsibility, a reflection of our collective humanity. That's why they started a nonprofit with a simple yet profound mission - to ensure that every child, regardless of their family's financial circumstances, goes to bed with a satisfied tummy and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

What Does Agape Mean?

By |2024-02-13T15:01:57-05:00February 12th, 2024|Social|

Your Content Goes Here When people hear the name Agape Meals for Kids they may not realize what the word “Agape” really means. Agape is an Ancient Greek Word Ancient Greek distinguishes a number of words for love, with three words being the most prominent: eros, philia, and agape. As

A Handout or a Hand Up?

By |2023-03-21T09:42:12-04:00March 21st, 2023|Child Hood Hunger|

Your Content Goes Here All of us at Agape Meals for Kids firmly believe that supporting those in need is not only a moral obligation but also an action that benefits the entire community. We fulfill this obligation by providing backpacks of food for children who are likely to have

Can Food Change America?

By |2022-10-18T02:48:05-04:00October 18th, 2022|Child Hood Hunger|

Your Content Goes Here We were pleased to hear that the Biden-Harris Administration hosted the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health last month. This was a conference aimed at both ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity for all Americans—excellent goals! Side note: the last (and

Our Local Children And The Keep Kids Fed Act

By |2022-08-02T06:25:11-04:00August 2nd, 2022|Social|

Your Content Goes Here Back when the pandemic started, Congress passed a bill for school lunch waivers. This allowed any child to access school meals without having to pay/prove eligibility. Prior to this, school meals were either full price, reduced price, or free. Families needed to apply for the reduced

Does Inflation Impact All of Us?

By |2022-06-28T18:38:26-04:00June 28th, 2022|Inflation Impact|

Your Content Goes Here Since our entire charity is based around food insecurity in school-aged children, it's important to look at how inflation is impacting these children and their families. The Brookings Institution came out with a report in March 2022 that says what we already know: Inflation could wreak

What Does Food Insecurity Look Like?

By |2022-06-28T21:11:16-04:00May 26th, 2022|Food Insecurity|

Your Content Goes Here Food insecurity might not look the way you imagine it. Many families with loving parents or guardians in full- time employment are one unexpected expense away from being unable to put food on the table. That inability is described as food insecurity. Maybe when you think