Feeding South Florida Receives Surprise from Bank of America

Non-profit organization Feeding South Florida received a $200,000 check from Bank of America just in time for the holidays.  NBC 6’s Stephen Schuler reports.

GIVING TO THE GIVERS: FOOD BANK RECEIVES BIG SURPRISE
Thanksgiving comes early for Feeding South Florida; receives $200,000 from Bank of America as 2014 Neighborhood Builder

WHAT: Food Banks are among the busiest during the holiday season, providing meals to the hungry with a touch of holiday spirit. In a surprise twist, the givers become the gifted as Bank of America surprises the Feeding South Florida board with a $200,000 check and word that the organization has been named a 2014 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder. The designation also comes with special development programs for the president and an emerging leader from the nonprofit.

WHO: Lori Chevy, Bank of America Broward County President
Paco Velez, Feeding South Florida President & CEO
Surprised Feeding South Florida Board Members react to the news their organization has been named a Bank of America Neighborhood Builder and will be receiving $200,000 in flexible funds

Additional Background
Feeding South Florida (FSF) is part of the Feeding America network consisting of 202 food banks. FSF has the largest service area in Florida, serving 30% of the state’s food insecure population. FSF is part of Florida Association of Food Banks, the state organization for Feeding America, and leader of Farmers Feeding Florida. FSF is the leading domestic hunger relief organization in South Florida, serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties through a network of nonprofit partner agencies, including soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, group homes and other emergency food service programs.

Neighborhood Builders is currently marking its tenth year as the largest investment in nonprofit leadership development and organizational longevity. Through Neighborhood Builders, Bank of America has invested $160 million in 800 nonprofit organizations and provided training to 1,600 nonprofit leaders. Organizations selected as Neighborhood Builders are recognized for their significant impact in addressing needs related to community development, basic human services or workforce development and education. The flexible funding allows nonprofits to build capacity. At the same time, leaders of the organizations learn about issues core to nonprofit sustainability through the Neighborhood Builders leadership training.

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