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Hunger Fight Battles Child Hunger and Illiteracy

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Child hunger is a more common problem than you might realize. In fact, one out of four children don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. These children are also missing out on crucial education. The people at Hunger Fight are working to change that. Their mission is to provide meals and books to the children who desperately need them. Hunger Fight supplies these important resources to 17,000 children in the Florida area each week. Since Hunger Fight’s inception, 13,368,175 meals and 167,640 age-appropriate books have been given out all around NE, Central and the Big Bend area of Florida. 

 

Hunger Fight was founded by a woman named Sherri Porter in 2012. Sherri founded the organization after realizing just how many children in North Florida suffer from hunger. A building in Jacksonville, Florida serves as the nerve center for Hunger Fight. The organization started small, with a group of dedicated  individuals assembling and distributing meals for those in the neighborhood who were food insecure.  

 

While Hunger Fight started small, they have grown a lot since the beginning. That growth comes with a big impact on the community. For example, in the year 2021, Hunger Fight had 12,944 volunteers, 2,986,661 meals packaged, and 46,005 books distributed. So far, they have given out 13,425,213 meals and 169,696 books. Hunger Fight is only able to do this work with the help of some amazing people. They collaborate with businesses, foundations, and community groups to hold packing events, as well as the volunteers who pack and distribute the meals.  

 

Besides their usual food and book distribution, Hunger Fight also has additional programs to solve food insecurity and illiteracy. One such program is their Feed the Backpacks program. In 2019, 13.7 million US households suffered from food insecurity. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity became even worse than ever. A lack of nutritious food can stunt a child’s development and growth. The Feed the Backpacks program hands out food on the weekend to children registered in their school’s Federal Free and Reduced Meal Plan. These meals consist of four servings and are packed with nutrients, just what a child needs to learn. 

 

Another program Hunger Fight has is their Feed the Need to Read program. By the time a child turns five, they will have most of their brain development complete. Children need to get first-rate teaching during this short window of time. 70 percent of children who are educated by the age of five have a better chance of graduating from high school. However, not all children have access to education, and as a result, illiteracy is increasing. Being illiterate can hinder a child’s chance for success in the future. That’s where the Feed the Need to Read program comes into play. Each month, age-appropriate books are distributed in Florida and South Georgia. This will help children to develop the necessary literacy skills they’ll need later in life. Hunger Fight is partnering with daycares to give out books to the children who need them.    



While Hunger Fight has made a big difference in the fight against hunger and illiteracy, they can’t do it alone. They need your help. One of the best ways to support Hunger Fight is to host a packing event. To find out how, click here: https://hungerfight.org/get-involved/host-an-event/. For more ways to get involved, click here: https://hungerfight.org/get-involved/.    

 

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