The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors is teaming up with Feeding Florida, the state’s network of food banks, in an effort to solve hunger in Florida. Feeding Florida’s statewide network unites 14-member food banks to provide a healthy, adequate, and consistent food supply to every community every day. Feeding Florida member food banks support more than 2,600 local charitable agencies, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need to ensure a hunger-free Florida. Each year, the Feeding Florida network provides food to the 3.3 million Floridians facing hunger, including 1.1 million children and 700,000 seniors. Feeding Florida is a unified voice regarding hunger and food insecurity by focusing on each community’s needs.
A few significant facts about food shortages in Florida include:
- 38% of the members of households in Florida are children under 18 years old
- 50% of food bank clients in Florida report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
- 48% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage
September is Hunger Action Month, when Feeding America and member food banks ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community, all month long. The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors is supporting Hunger Action Month by partnering with Feeding Florida to start a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our effort to feed more Floridians than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or volunteering, you can find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month. Together, we can solve hunger. So for the month of September, your Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors is challenging you to see how many pounds of food or monetary donations we can collect to end hunger in our communities.
Take pictures of your donations and report how much was collected at www.feedingflorida.com, including the name of your county. We will see which affiliate collects the most donations. Thank you for helping us support such an amazing cause.