End Summer Hunger Sort-A-Thon to help feed hungry children

Christina Mayo
Miami Herald

Feeding South Florida counts 280,630 children in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties who need food assistance. Many rely on breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch Program. But during summer break, they are at risk of going hungry.

Volunteers can join in the second annual “End Summer Hunger Sort-A-Thon” to help make sure these children have access to food. The event will be June 18 and you can sign up now, for 2½-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., to help sort donations.

“The End Summer Hunger Sort-a-Thon helps fill a critical need in our community during the summer by ensuring that children who rely on breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch Program throughout the school year, will have that same access to food during the summer months when school is not in session,” Feeding South Florida President and CEO Paco Vélez said in email. “Feeding South Florida is the largest and most efficient food bank in the area. For every $1 donated, we can provide six meals.”

The event will be at the Feeding South Florida Main Warehouse at 2501 SW 32 Terr., Pembroke Park. To register, visit http://feedingsouthflorida.force.com or call 954-518-1818.

There is no fee and this is a popular volunteering event so it is best to register early. Individuals and groups are welcome. Note that no children under the age of 12 can participate, and an adult must accompany teens under 16.

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