Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope in Southwest Florida is the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s mission and the summer months are a critical time to help our neighbors in need, especially the children. In America 21 million kids rely on free meals at school (NoKidHungry.org). Here in Southwest Florida, 27.6% of children are food insecure; that’s approximately 1,103,850 children in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties that don’t know where their next meal will come from (Feeding America).
So what happens when school isn’t in session?
Many turn to our food bank’s network of nonprofit partner agencies and other locations offering snacks and meals. The Summer Break Spot sites are underway to combat hunger in our community. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is state-administered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness (FNW) (Summer Food Florida.org). It is our hope that we can provide meals to all children facing hunger.
If you are looking for hunger-relief for your child or someone you know, please visit www.summerfoodflorida.org to find a Summer Break Spot distribution site near you. A simple zip code search will inform you of the location and times that free food is being offered for kids. Each location is supervised in a safe environment. Please contact each site directly for specific questions.
The locations vary from agency sites, libraries, city and county parks, recreation centers and other nonprofit community organizations that can host a food service program. Sites can also be found by calling 2-1-1 or by texting “Food FL” to 877-877. Please share this information with your networks because hunger affects everyone and hunger relief is everyone’s responsibility.
You can help children and families facing hunger today by volunteering with the food bank or by making a donation. Together we can make summer fun for everyone! Be a part of the change and get started now: www.HarryChapinFoodBank.org/Donate or by calling us at (239) 334-7007!