During the Holiday season, that means helping feed hungry families by providing nutritious foods to take home and share when children are out of school and hot meals are not available. The need for meal distribution in our community is high with over 1000 youth in Overtown, over half of these youth are living in poverty. 20% of the families in Overtown make less than $15,000 a year. In Homestead, the socioeconomic landscape is similar with 53.9% of residence making less than $15,000 a year.
Our "Fifty 4 Families Program" helps to provide 250 families with food baskets filled with a complete Thanksgiving dinner at a value of $50 to prepare a meal for a family of four. Our distribution is divided evenly among four centers in downtown Miami, Homestead, and North Miami. This vital hunger prevention program provides families in need with support at a time when resources are especially limited due to school closure and reduced work hours. Due to our longstanding commitment as a safe space in our communities, this program has high participation and often the need exceeds our ability to give.
We have been providing this service to the community for over a decade. Generous contributions of canned food from the community aid us in providing some items however the need greatly outweighs our current donations. We are in need of $2,500 to feed 250 of our families.
The Awesome part about this project is that it allows our families to connect with additional services upon food pickup. We continue to build upon established community relationships to empower families to take charge or their financial and physical health. We offer registration for additional economic, education and health services during this holiday project to prevent families from having to rely on these services for multiple years. Our goal is to offer long lasting solutions in addition to immediate hunger relief.
Funded by Miami, FL (November 2015)