Every day in Central Florida 1 in 4 children are at risk of going to bed hungry. This sobering fact becomes even more so when thousands of kids are out of school for spring break. Students who normally access free and reduced breakfast and lunch are most susceptible to missing a meal during this disruption in their normal routine. Unlike homework and book reports, hunger doesn’t take a spring break.
Everyone has a role in fighting hunger in our community. It takes food and financial supporters, volunteers and advocates all working together to make a difference on behalf of kids and families, like those affected by school closures.
To help fill pantries, refrigerators and bellies during spring break, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida partnered with Anthem to host a mobile food drop. Then, to demonstrate the power of community, UCF Downtown faculty, staff and students volunteered at the event and serve the children and families of OCPS Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Parramore neighborhood.
Once the final bell rang, students and families walked through a distribution line to select pantry staples and a variety of fresh foods, including meats, corn, squash, onions and potatoes. Many students had never seen a spaghetti squash before and were intrigued by this unique vegetable.
Tesha was not going to turn down a fresh vegetable and took two extra squash, saying, “There are 12 people in my house right now. There are seven people normally, but my brother just lost his job, so his whole family is with us now. This food will help a lot.”
In all 300 families, including 1150 individuals, received an assortment of food to take home for spring break. Students and families were also able to interact with community partners and take home recipes and nutrition information.
Mobile food drops are just one way Second Harvest distributes food out into the community. Learn about other ways food is distributed out into the community to the people who need it the most at www.feedhopenow.org/feed.