Changing lives one meal at a time.
…"As a 16-year-old, it's a little difficult to try to solve an equation or do science labs when you're hungry or exhausted because you were staying up late taking care of younger siblings," said Alachua County Public Schools secondary curriculum director Karen Clarke.
...Keith Blanchard, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, echoed the point. "If a child's hungry, he's not going to perform as well in school," he said. "I have seen situations where the older kids seem to be able to fend for themselves and a lot of time the little ones, it's at their expense." Alachua County is hardly alone with its dismal demographic. Neighboring counties Levy and Putnam both have child poverty rates above 36 percent, while nearly 25 percent of Bradford County children and 24 percent of Gilchrist County children live in poverty.
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…In the United States today, 15 million children face hunger. Consequently, one in five kids are facing greater obstacles to reaching their fullest potential. The future of America lies in our children. When hunger threatens the future of a child, it threatens the future of our nation as well. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences…Feeding America
Feeding Florida is the state’s lead organization in the fight to end hunger. Our statewide network unites 14 member food banks (including Bread of the Mighty Food Bank) to provide a healthy, adequate, and consistent food supply to every community every day. Feeding Florida member food banks support more than 2,600 local charitable agencies, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need to ensure a hunger-free Florida. Each year, the Feeding Florida network provides food to the 3.3 million Floridians facing hunger, including 1.1 million children and 700,000 seniors. Feeding Florida is a unified voice regarding hunger and food insecurity by focusing on each community’s needs. To learn more about Feeding Florida, visit www.FeedingFlorida.org.
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Gainesville, FL 32627
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$1.00 = provides up to 10 Meals