The Issue: Food Insecurity in South Florida
Nearly one million people in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties experienced food insecurity in 2011—meaning, they were not sure where their next meal would come from—according to Feeding America's Map The Meal Gap study. Of this number, an estimated 296,600 were children and 170,000 were senior citizens. For children, a lack of nutritious meals can lead to low performance at school and long-term health problems; seniors in this category may face an increased risk of heart disease and memory loss.
The Campaign: Providing Nutritious Meals to People in Need
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Feeding South Florida to provide nutritious meals to people experiencing hunger across four different counties: Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe. With each $10 donation, Feeding South Florida can distribute 60 meals to people in need.
Feeding South Florida
While Feeding South Florida's (FSF) mission is simple—to end hunger in South Florida—the steps it takes to achieve this goal are anything but. The organization, which is part of the Feeding America network, leads hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and partners with approximately 350 non-profit agencies to provide nutritious meals to people in need. As the largest food bank in Florida—and the sole food bank for Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties—FSF serves nearly 1,000,000 individuals. One of FSF's distribution programs is the Mobile Food Pantry, which brings fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, and dairy to food deserts in South Florida. In the past year alone, FSF distributed approximately 35 million pounds of food to people in need.
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