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Volunteers pack 1000 meals for children in need

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03/15/2018

Nearly 50 Florida Power & Light Company employees and their families volunteered March 10 to pack 1,000 food boxes for children in need at the Children’s Hunger Project in Cocoa, as part of the company’s Power to Care Week, a full week where employees from across Florida participated in volunteer projects.

The volunteers' efforts at the Bruce Nelson Child Hunger Center, 1855 W. King St., will help needy children who receive meals from The Children’s Hunger Project, a local nonprofit that serves elementary school students throughout Brevard, ensuring they have food for the weekend. Millions of food-insecure students throughout the U.S. rely on school meals to ensure they are fed during the week, but the real challenge is when the weekend rolls around.

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How to change the trajectory of low-income children? Help the parents.

Release Date: 
03/14/2018

“I've learned the steps to help my child's education,” Pineda said Wednesday at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County's Two-Gen summit at the Lee Weterington Boys and Girls Club. “They will one day go to college.”

Pineda sat alongside more than 230 leaders who convened in Sarasota this week for the two-day conference on how organizations working with children can achieve better results by extending services to parents as well. The strategy – known as the “two-gen approach” – has gained traction nationally as an effective method in tackling generational poverty and its effect on children.

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UF/IFAS Efforts to Feed Youth Highlight Global Children's Nutrition Month

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03/13/2018

March is Global Children’s Nutrition Month, a time to emphasize efforts by UF/IFAS faculty, who are working with scientists campus-wide and across the globe to help improve the nutrition of children in Ethiopia and other nations with malnourished children.

Among those efforts is Havelaar’s project, part of an already announced $8.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He and Sarah McKune, a UF assistant professor of environmental and global health and a faculty member with the UF Center for African American Studies, will study how to provide chickens to families on small farms in Ethiopia, while also improving hygiene in the home environment. Havelaar and McKune are working with Haramaya University in Ethiopia, Ohio State University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Building Whole Communities: Join us across Florida

Release Date: 
02/28/2018

Florida has the fourth largest immigrant population in the country. Immigrants and refugees are an integral part of our communities and contribute significantly to Florida’s culture and economy. Join FPN and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) for the Florida Funders' Tour this April.

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$1.5 Million in Donations to Help House Homeless

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01/22/2018

A group of Sarasota donors recently committed $1.5 million to help find housing for the chronic homeless in Sarasota. The donation strengthens a new city-county program, hashed out over more than a year and launched this month, to help single homeless adults work toward lives of stability and independence. The Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation are working with the donors, and Jon Thaxton, Gulf Coast’s vice president of community investment, is the lead coordinator. 

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