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October 16, 2017

World Food Day: 6 ways the Town of Palm Beach United Way fights food insecurity in Palm Beach County

by PBUnitedWay

Each year the United Nations celebrates World Food Day to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger.

The Town of Palm Beach United Way also believes no person or family should go without food. This year, we invested $192,500 in food assistance programs in Palm Beach County.

Nearly 203,000 individuals are food insecure in Palm Beach County. About 61 percent of children attending Palm Beach County public schools are on the free and reduced cost lunch program. And, 560 elderly persons are on the waiting list for home-delivered meals.

Here are a list of partner agencies and programs the Town of Palm Beach United Way funded this year:

  • CROS Ministries (www.crosministries.org)
    • Community Food Pantries – $12,500 gleaning
      • CROS maintains six food pantries in Palm Beach County. The pantries distribute food to 19,400 adults and children from Delray Beach to Jupiter.
    • Gleaning – $15,000
      • The gleaning program recovers food from local farmers that would otherwise go to waste.
  • El Sol (www.friendsofelsol.orgel sol
    • El Sol Kitchen – $10,000
      • The El Sol Kitchen prepares and serves breakfast and lunch to 1,010 workers who are registered in the day labor program.
  • Feeding South Florida (www.feedingsouthflorida.orgfeeding south florida
    • Palm Beach County food program – $95,000
      • The Palm Beach County food program provides critical food assistance to 199,460 residents who experience food insecurity — 63,340 of which are children.
  • Health Mothers/Healthy Babies  (www.hmhbpbc.org)
    • Basic4Babies – $5,000
      • The Basic4Babies pantry for infants provides formula, baby food, diapers and wipes to 6,000 families facing financial hardship with babies ages 0-12 months.
  • Palm Beach County Food Bank (www.pbcfoodbank.org)
    • Food Recovery and Distribution – $25,000 food bank
      • The food program provides more than 5 million pounds of food annually to 100 local organizations that operate food pantries, soup kitchens and other front-line hunger relief operations.
    • Marjorie S. Fisher Nutrition Driven – $5,000
      • This mobile food pantry delivers nutrition education and fresh foods to 800 people. Participants learn core nutritional values, food safety and preparation skills, simple recipes and smart shopping tips.
  • Glades Initiative (www.gladesinitiative.org)
    • Glades Food Security – $25,000 glades
      • The program assists 3,000 residents with the SNAP food stamp application; distributes healthy food to residents through The Glades Area Food Bank; and promotes healthy eating habits by teaching 60 low income residents how to eat healthy while on a budget.
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