Desiree Saunders
December 11, 2015
by Desiree Saunders

The Child Hunger Corps is a national service program designed to increase the capacity and capability of food banks to execute programs targeted towards the alleviation of child hunger. The objective of the program is to increase the number of nutritious meals served to children in need in local communities across the country. The Child Hunger Corps initiative is sponsored by the ConAgra Foods Foundation.

The fifth cohort of Corps members has been working at their Feeding America member food bank host sites since August 2015. This post is by cohort member Desiree Saunders, Child Hunger Corps member at Feeding South Florida.

While the majority of us focused on food and festivities on Thanksgiving, far too many children and families will face hunger. In South Florida specifically, 1 in 4 children struggle with hunger, and any day they can go to bed on a full stomach is like Thanksgiving. November kicks off Feeding South Florida's "busy season" where there is an influx of people and organizations who are more than happy to give anyway they can.

This month started with Publix Charities Donation Event on November 5. Feeding South Florida was chosen to host the kickoff of Publix and Publix Charities' donation of $1.5 million to 12 Feeding America member food banks! In addition to its $120,000 donation to Feeding South Florida for a new tractor/trailer, Publix also surprised us with a donation of a full trailer's worth of non-perishable items, just in time for the holiday season! During the event I was able to meet Florida Dept. of Agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam who is an advocate for improving access to nutritious food for children in schools and communities. I was able to talk to him about the community needs assessment I am conducting and he provided me with some state resources to help further my research.

With the holiday season in full swing, things are continuing to get busier than I could have ever imagined. In my head, I keep hearing our vice president of community relations saying "every day is Thanksgiving." And it's true! Hunger isn't seasonal; it's a tough reality that many individuals face year-round. With every event and distribution, Feeding South Florida is making it our job to shine a light on the issue of hunger in our community all year, not just around the holidays.

*Desiree Saunders is a Child Hunger Corps member at Feeding America member Feeding South Florida.

Tags: Fighting Hunger in Action , Child Hunger , Florida , Feeding South Florida

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