Feeding South Florida® Announces the Afterschool Meals Program
Feeding South Florida® – the leading hunger-relief organization in South Florida, is excited to announce an Afterschool Meals Program where the organization will provide snacks and supper every Monday – Thursday to the ABLE YouthFORCE afterschool program held at Broward County Public Schools, Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy in Tamarac, FL.
The Urban League of Broward County will be on site to facilitate this program, provide food allocation, and enrichment activities for the 35 children enrolled in this afterschool program at no separate charge regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered in Florida by the Department of Health, Bureau of Child Care Food Program (CACFP).
Presently in South Florida, there are over 1.1 million food insecure individuals, and 1 in 9 individuals in South Florida remain uncertain about where they will get their next meal. In South Florida alone, more than 300,000 children rely on free or reduced meals during the school year.
Feeding South Florida provides children enrolled in this afterschool programs with nutritious snacks and suppers that are low in sugar, fat and sodium prepared in its Boynton Beach Kitchen which follows the MyPlate nutritional requirements. This includes fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy to ensure the options children choose are full of nutrients. Some underserved children only have access to meals through school programs. Therefore, the meals they receive are the difference between a child going to bed hungry or with a full belly and sweet dreams.
“We are proud to partner with the Urban League of Broward County and Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy and to launch this program,” said Paco Vélez, president and CEO of Feeding South Florida®. “This program helps us address the critical issue of hunger in children throughout South Florida.”
Feeding South Florida debuted its state-of-the-art, 5,000-square-foot Community Kitchen, located at its Feeding Palm Beach County headquarters in Boynton Beach, in 2020. The kitchen advances Feeding South Florida’s mission of ending hunger in South Florida by serving ready-made meals for children’s after-school and summer programs, meals for older adults and medically tailored meals.
For more information about Feeding South Florida, please visit https://feedingsouthflorida.org/.