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Podcast: How 'Systems Thinking' Can Change the Game on Hunger and Homelessness

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07/2017

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos triggered a vigorous debate and a torrent of tweets by seeking online advice last month about whether his billions would be put to better philanthropic use meeting immediate needs or fostering long-range change. To David Peter Stroh, co-founder of consulting firm Bridgeway Partners and the author of Systems Thinking for Social Change, it doesn’t have to be an either/or. In this interview, Mr. Stroh offers practical advice on how systems thinking can, to echo his book’s subtitle, solve complex problems, avoid unintended consequences and achieve lasting results.

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Fighting Hunger One Brown Paper Bag at a Time

Release Date: 
04/12/2018

It may be hard to imagine that in a place like Collier County, many families struggle with food insecurity. When a person or family is food insecure, they do not have reliable access to adequate/nutritious sustenance. According to the Community Foundation of Collier County, approximately 12.5 percent or 42,000 of residents are food insecure. And in the 2015-2016 school year, 62 percent of Collier County Public School students were eligible for free and reduced lunch. For many students, school lunch is the only food they get in a day.

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Volunteers help prepare children for the first day of kindergarten

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04/02/2018

More than 100 Publix employees spent Tuesday morning working to make sure Manatee’s youngest residents are ready for school. Green-shirt clad grocers stuffed roughly 1,500 “Kindergarten Readiness Bags” at Manatee Technical College. The bags contain learning materials and a checklist of skills students should master by the time they begin school, and every child attending kindergarten in one of Manatee’s Title I elementary schools will receive a bag.

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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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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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Every college needs a food bank

Release Date: 
03/12/2018

Forty-seven percent of college students are financially independent from their parents, and 42 percent of those live at or below poverty, according to the Lumina Foundation. More than a third are older than 25, adults with adult problems. And then there's student loan debt. Fifty-three percent of adults with ...

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