More than 555,000 children throughout South Florida rely on free or reduced price school meals. That means that during the summer, these kids are at risk of not having access to the breakfasts and lunches that they would receive as part of their school day. Right here, in our backyards, 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry – 248,080 kids don’t know from where they will get their next meal.
But there is a solution… because Summer Hunger Ends Here!
WHY IS SUMMER HUNGER SUCH A CRITICAL ISSUE?
Although the end of a school year is typically an exciting time for most children, summer isn’t fun when you’re hungry. For more than 555,300 kids throughout South Florida, not having access to free or reduced-price meals means these next few months will not be fun in the sun.
The summer always poses a triple threat to our neighbors in need:
1. Approximately 555,300 children in South Florida rely on a nutritious breakfast and lunch through federal nutrition programs. But when school isn’t in session, that means parents and caregivers have to find a way to provide two additional meals.
2. Meanwhile, the cost of living increases during the summer months with child care and utilities. When school isn’t in session, camp isn’t always an option. Nor is daycare. What happens to your utilities during the summer? The cost of cooling a home skyrockets. Between additional meals, childcare, and utilities, our families have to make tough choices…oftentimes skipping meals to pay for other expenses.
3. At the same time, donations to Feeding South Florida plummet as so many of our supporters, who are seasonal residents, head north. And, produce is at a premium
The good news is that Feeding South Florida ramps up its efforts during the summer, but can only do so with the support of the community. Please explore the boxes above to see the services we provide and how you can help ensure Summer Hunger Ends Here!
“SUMMER HUNGER ENDS HERE” ART COMPETITION WINNERS!
We launched our “Summer Hunger Ends Here” Campaign by announcing the winner of our Summer Hunger Ends Here Art Competition. Congratulations to Louidjy Hippolite for winning 1st place with his piece titled, “Food for Change”. A student of Santaluces Community High School, this incredible piece was hand-drawn, using pencil and charcoal. The boy in the photo is the artist himself, feeding his cousin. His artwork will be featured on our new 36′ tractor/trailer.
To read more about what inspired Louidjy’s amazing artwork, click, click here.
1st Place Winner
Student Name: Louidjy Hyppolite Artwork Title: Food for Change Medium: Pencil and Charcoal
2nd Place Winner
Student Name: Melissa Fernandez Artwork Title: Delivering Love and Generosity Medium: Colored Pencils
3rd Place winner + People’s Choice
Student Name: Maria Guerrieri-Maril Artwork Title: Splash of Hope on the Sunshine State Medium: Mixed