Feed My Community Project

Hunger is a real and growing problem in our community.

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Collecting September 1 – October 10 2014

ICBR is honored to be part of Feed my Community project with many of other active organizations in south Florida.

Food Donations Needed

Canned pasta meals
Canned tomato sauce
Canned meat
Canned tuna
Peanut butter
Canned vegetables
Canned fruit
Canned soup
Dry rice
Dry beans

September is National Hunger Action Month. Hunger is a real and growing problem in South Florida and throughout our nation, that’s why we are planning our second annual mega food drive in the community for Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, which will run from September 1st through October 10th, 2014.
A big part of what we are trying to do is educate our community on hunger in our neighborhood. Here are some of the cold, hard facts about hunger here in our backyard:
 According to DCF, between 2008 & 2013 the number of PB county residents receiv-ing food stamps has more than tripled to 193,000.
 Feeding America says that 16.2% of PB county residents are “food insecure” which means 212,530 people do not know where their next meal is coming from.
 The most recent census data confirms 1 in 4 children in PB county lives below the poverty line & 61% of elementary–age children attending public schools are on the free & reduced cost lunch program.
Children with poor nutrition are more suscepti-ble to obesity & it’s harmful health effects. They may also have mental health issues & have problems learning, resulting in lower grades & test scores.
 Feeding America reports that Florida ranks in the top 10 states experiencing high rates of senior hunger. One in three older Ameri-cans today is economically insecure, teeter-ing on the brink of poverty.
FEED MY COMMUNITY seeks to secure broad participation throughout the Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach area community from schools, businesses, civic groups, congregations and neighborhoods. The food will be sorted by volunteers and distributed to the participating local food banks and pantries.
 Make a significant impact on the food supplies available to local food pantries, and
 Initiate a community-wide reflection on the deeper issues and root causes of hunger in America.
The recipients of the food collected are the following local non-profits: Boca Helping Hands, CROS Ministries, Ruth & Norman Rales: Jacobson Family food pantry, and Palm Beach County Food Bank.
Please send all contact information to Mary Beth Tate at mbtate@fumcbocaraton.org or all 561-395-1244 x123.

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