Living Hungry wrote -
Welcome to NOT ONE HUNGRY HOMELESS STUDENT PALM BEACH COUNTY. We are a group of concerned citizens just like you determined to stop this:
Over 4,000 homeless students in Palm Beach County may endure 68 hours of hunger every weekend by the time the school year ends.
Sad Truth: Palm Beach County will have identified more than 4,000 students as homeless and in school by June 2017, up 25% over last year.
Imagine the stress of being homeless on a young teen student, in the classroom, trying her hardest to pay attention, study and learn. Research confirms her uphill battle: food insecurity and lack of sleep compound her burden with an increased risk of ILLNESS, ABSENCES, STRESS, DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING and CHRONIC FATIGUE make it nearly impossible for her to do her job as a student, to learn, and to dream of a brighter future.*
The daily challenges of being homeless on a student are tough enough. We want her to have one less worry, WHAT TO EAT.
In Palm Beach County, over 117 schools were known to have HOMELESS children and teenagers in school. There’s hope for each student, in a simple weekend bag of kid-friendly foods dropped into their backpack at school every Friday afternoon to nourish them over the weekends. Enough calories to fuel brains & bodies.
$7 per weekend bag.
$252 ends hunger for 1 Student for the school year.
$6,000 feeds all homeless at 1elementary school for school year.
Every dollar helps add up.
$1,000,000 solves this problem.
We believe $1,000,000 will be enough to feed EVERY HUNGRY HOMELESS STUDENT all school year long. We may not be able to change their situation. But we can feed them. $7 solves this problem for one elementary school student for one weekend. Our challenge is to raise this by December 2017
We can do this. Hundreds of Palm Beach people are taking the challenge. Delray Beach is already spoken for - the Delray Beach Homeless Initiative has committed to raise enough to feed 150 students in 9 schools. What about you? Where do you live? Where do you work? Which local school near you will you Adopt?
Join Us. Be a mover & shaker. Rock your world. Make a difference. Be a hero to one hungry homeless student or a whole school.
TOGETHER WE WILL SAY- "IN PALM BEACH COUNTY -NOT ONE HOMELESS STUDENT GOES HUNGRY."
Until that day, Keep up the fight for our homeless students. We need you.
The Weekend Feeding Program fulfillment proudly supported by Living Hungry, together with the South Florida Hunger Coalition
The South Florida Hunger Coalition (SFHC), with the support of dozens of community partners, coordinates the efforts of more than 75 hunger-related agencies across South Florida, including Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, as well as activities in Monroe, Collier, Lee, Hendry, Martin and St. Lucie counties. We work to eradicate hunger by acting as a resource and convener for hunger-related initiatives, such as the mobile Summer BreakSpot feeding program in Broward County. SFHC advocates for greater utilization of existing federal programs such as school breakfast, school lunch, after-school snacks, after-school dinners, summer meals, school break, weekend feeding programs and expanded nutrition education. We provide technical guidance, support and assistance to implement and expand these programs as well as other hunger-related initiatives among stakeholders at the local, regional and state level.
One clarification. Homeless student counts fluctuate & hunger does no affect every homeless child the same. We plan to feed every homeless hungry student who is currently homeless or at high risk of becoming homeless. We do this by partnering with School Liasons or Counselors and trusting these experts to identify & feed thier students who are homeless, near homeless and known to be going without food at home.
*J.S. Lee, C. Gundersen, J. Cook, B. Laraia and M. A. Johnson, “Food Insecurity and Health Across the Lifespan” Advances in Nutrition, Sept. 1, 2012