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Success G i v in g MANY HANDS 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. 34