Founding the Program

Jennifer Moore and Todd Morrone
This program was modeled after the National Feeding America Backpack Program.  The national initiative has been successfully implemented locally, regionally, and nationally by individuals who saw a need and acted!

In March of 2010, with guidance and mentoring provided by Food4Kids of Alachua, Jennifer Moore started a Food4Kids Backpack Program at Terwilliger Elementary in Gainesville, Florida.  This program would not exist today without Jennifer's commitment and the help provided by Food4Kids of Alachua.

In 2011, the Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida, Inc. was founded after a local parent and volunteer, Todd Morrone, became aware of the program and partnered with Jennifer to make a difference in the life of a child.

Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida, Inc. is a registered non-profit organization with the State of Florida and is 100% volunteer run.

The Mission

  • Identify and Maximize Resources
  • Identify Chronically Hungry school-age Children
  • Deliver Food Directly to the Child throughout the counties of North Florida

Our Guiding Principals

  • We see a Need and are Compelled to Act
  • We believe we Can Make a Difference
  • We envision "No More Hungry Children"

Our Goals

  • Establish a central foundation for North Florida to identify resources, develop volunteers from community and schools, and coordinate distribution.
  • Partner with Food banks, Faith networks, and community Business to create a sustainable annual support campaign.
  • Establish 100% Alachua County school site participation.
  • Develop County coordinators & county networks throughout North Florida.