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Success G i v in g
Far from being relegated to rural outbacks
and neighboring countries, to many in our
region, hunger is a pervasive threat. Fighting
back against this noxious malady one meal at
a time comes Feeding South Florida, one of
our most compassionate local charities.
T E X T BY RYA N JA R R E LL
To some, the statistics can seem too sobering to be
believed. In South Florida alone, 1 in 5 children and 1
in 8 adults don’t know where their next meal is coming
from. A staggering 68% of families in South Florida
regularly have to choose between food and utilities.
And perhaps most distressing of all? Roughly 120,000
older adults in our area have to pick between buying
food or critical medications. But don’t dismay — some
of our area’s most exceptional samaritans are fighting
back this scourge with some numbers of their own.
Manifesting their mission of a hunger-free South Florida
in all aspects of their outreach, Feeding South Florida
has in the 2016-17 fiscal year amassed over 46 million
pounds (roughly 38.3 million meals) worth of food,
ensuring that 704,000 children were fed that would
otherwise go to bed hungry. It’s an imminently necessary
cause directly enabled by our own charitable locals;
FeedingSouthFlorida.org. *Statistics based on Feeding America’s Map, The Meal Gap & Hunger In America studies.