Summer of Dreams is a free, 10-week program for homeless children in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties providing much needed resources and activities while school is out.
Founded by Fifth Third Bank in 2011, it addresses the needs of youngsters who might otherwise fall through the cracks.
Second Harvest Food Bank is pleased to partner with the City of Orlando for the fourth consecutive year; making available close to 80,000 pounds of kid-friendly food since the program’s initial launch.
According to school officials in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, an estimated 11,000 children are considered homeless.This population is difficult to quantify and even harder to reach.
Kids are often the unseen victims, particularly in Florida, which has some of the worst displacement rates in the country, ranking near the bottom in child homelessness. (38th).†
Nationally, child poverty has reached record levels.
• One in 5 children, 16.1 million, was poor in 2012.
• More than 7.1 million children, over 40 percent of poor children lived in extreme poverty at
less than half the poverty level.
• The youngest most vulnerable children were the poorest age group. Over 1 in 4 children under
age 5, nearly 5 million, were poor. Almost half of them, 2.4 million, were extremely poor.
Since 2011, The Summer of Dreams has helped over 4,000 homeless children living in shelters, motels, motor vehicles and even on the streets.
This past June 12th, Summer of Dreams volunteers participated in a food sort and pack event at Second Harvest Food Bank.
Summer Of Dreams 2014 – http://www.thesummerofdreams.com
†Children’s Defense Fund “State of America’s Children, 2014”
Childhood Hunger Programs Manager