Every person deserves food on their plate and a roof over their head.
Unfortunately, hunger and homelessness are a reality for far too many people. The U.S. is the richest nation in the world, but 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger and more than 500,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night.
In Palm Beach County, 1,600 people sleep on the streets each night. Last year, 4,295 Palm Beach County students were identified as homeless. The average age of a homeless child in Palm Beach County is 7. It takes an average of $5,000 to get a family off the streets and into a permanent home.
This week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, an annual opportunity to shine a spotlight on the problems of hunger and homelessness and organize our communities to take action.
We hope you will join us in spreading awareness and taking action to end hunger and homeless in our community.
The holiday season is a very special time and the Town of Palm Beach United Way is proud to once again partner with the Palm Beach Daily News and Palm Beach Fire-Rescue to collect toys for local families who have difficulty making ends meet.
Many families in Palm Beach County struggle to pay for food, medicine and rent – often with little or nothing left over to buy holiday gifts for their children.
Each summer, traveling donors, volunteers and friends of the Town of Palm Beach United Way are asked to help spread the word by wearing their LIVE UNITED t-shirt in photographs. The person or group of people pictured wearing their t-shirt(s) the furthest distance from the Town of Palm Beach United Way office win essential travel gear and LIVE UNITED swag.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER IS:
Johannesburg, South Africa
8,063 miles from the Town of Palm Beach United Way office