One in four children in Northeast Florida is considered food insecure. That insecurity is keeping these children from learning and achieving their best in and outside of the classroom.
Darden’s charity arm is giving $1.7 million to Feeding America as the group shifts its focus to food and hunger groups. The donation will go to help 198 food banks in areas where Darden’s restaurants are located, including $47,000 to Orlando’s Second Harvest.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently announced that 77 nonprofits in South Florida have collectively been awarded more than $1 million in grants as part of the bank’s largest grant period of the year.
Trump proposed a lot of cuts to social-service programs, including a $191 billion reduction in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as “food stamps,” in the next 10 years. The 30 percent cut far exceeds prior proposals by Capitol Hill Republicans. The food stamp program serves about 42 million people nationwide.
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reports nearly one in five Floridians receive food stamps, or 19.5 percent. That is higher than the national average of one in seven, or 14.5 percent.
An initiative of the Naples Daily News, “Satisfy the Hunger” aims to stock the shelves of Collier County food pantries during the lean days of summer. So far this season, more than 2 tons of food have been collected for the food drive. In addition, monetary contributions are being excepted and will be matched 100 percent by campaign partners Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Community Foundation of Collier County and United Way of Collier County.
Keyona Thompson knew that being accepted into Pinellas County’s Habitat for Humanity homeowner program would mean the dream of homeownership for her family of seven. What she did not expect was to be the 155th recipient of the Warrick Dunn Charities Homes for the Holiday program. With the help of partners such as Habitat, Publix Super Markets Charities and Aaron’s, Warrick Dunn Charities works to help single parents avoid the pitfalls of not only securing homeownership but also understanding the systems around the process.
The Education Fund builds and cares for the gardens with a renewable grant from Health Foundation of South Florida. Each of the gardens costs $30,000 to build, and the $500,000 a year it costs to maintain all 51 is covered by grants from the Health Foundation and Citi Cards.
Publix Super Markets Charities presented United Way of St. Johns County with a check for $218,500 outside of the nonprofit’s Bridge Street office on Friday.
In January, philanthropist Delores Barr Weaver of Jacksonville gave the cause a boost.
After Weaver visited the Pie in the Sky food pantry and met with Guiriba, the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida gave the nonprofit a $10,000 grant outright. Also, the fund pledged to donate another $15,000 if Pie in the Sky can raise a matching $15,000 from other donors this year.
The nonprofit has been supported by donors such as the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. More than 400 people attended the kickoff breakfast at Michael's on East, many coming from community organizations such as the YMCA and Salvation Army. More than 20 volunteers sat in the audience at the fundraising event, sporting blue shirts to represent their status.