Thank you Optym for your partnership! Words can not express our appreciation for Optym's generous $2,500 monthly donation to Food4Kids! What an impact their commitment will have on our organization and to the hungry children we serve.
Efforts from Haile Jewelry & Loans 3rd Annual "Fill the Hummer" food drive translated to over 3,834 pounds of food, 12 reusable plastic bins, & the priceless value of raising awareness! Thank you to Haile Jewelry and Loans for their amazing efforts, KISS 105.3 for their generous announcements promoting the event, HOME: Living in the Heart of Florida Magazine for matching Fridays' donations pound for pound, I Love NY Pizza ...(Gainesville Fl) who graciously agreed to feed everyone a slice of pizza for their donations made on Saturday August 23rd, to all the businesses & individuals that donated a prize for the raffle, and to all the donors who brought food. Thank you for "Filling the Hummer" together!!
1 out of 4 of North Florida's children are affected by poverty and live in food instable homes. Despite the resources of Free and Reduced lunch/breakfast, afterschool snacks, food stamps, and other programs that target hunger there are a signigicant number of food instable homes in the county. Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida, Inc. targets children who are "chronically hungry" and are at risk of not receiving food over the weekend.
Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida, Inc. is a registered non-profit organization with the State of Florida and is 100% volunteer run. Food4Kids Backpack Program provides food for these children over the weekends and during extended breaks from school when other resources are not available. Children who are referred into the program receive rolling backpacks filled with food (7 meals per child) every Friday. On Monday, the backpacks are returned to be refilled and redistributed at the end of the week.