The Issue: Food Insecurity Among Children
One in four children in the United States live in food-insecure households, according to Feeding America, meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from. In Florida, nearly 21% of children are experiencing food insecurity, which ranks the state as having the 10th highest rate of food insecurity for children younger than 18. Hillsborough County alone has more than 3,600 homeless and hungry children enrolled in its public schools, according to the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Student Assistance 2011.
The Campaign: Providing Meals to Food-Insecure Kids
If this Grassroots campaign raises $1,000, then kidsPACK Hillsborough Project can provide a month's worth of kid-friendly weekend meals to 50 children from households facing food insecurity. Donations will be matched up to $1,000 by Browning Moving and Storage. A weekend package includes a backpack filled with nonperishable food items such as Pop-Tarts, ravioli, and granola bars that will feed the child for two breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners. Each additional $20 raised will provide another child from a food-insecure household with a month's worth of weekend meals.
kidsPACK Hillsborough Project
The kidsPACK program works with community volunteers to provide children facing food insecurity with weekend meals, ensuring they have guaranteed food aside from subsidized school breakfast and lunch programs on weekdays. By receiving nonperishable, kid-friendly food such as Pop-Tarts and fruit cups in regular backpacks, children can leave school with food for the weekend without having to worry about being singled out by their peers.
The kidsPACK fed 449 children at 31 public schools during the 2011–2012 school year; it plans to serve more than 40 public schools during the 2012–2013 school year.
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