The issue of hunger affects our community in several ways. Approximately 16% of the households in Florida are food insecure and 20% of our community’s children live in food insecure households.
How We Help:
- We are improving the access of food to families who are food insecure by partnering with nonprofit organizations like Boca Helping Hands, whose mission is to address the issue of hunger and to break the cycle of dependency.
- Through these targeted initiatives, it is our goal to improve food security in our community by improving food availability, access and use.
- Our Nutrition/Education program is designed to educate our community regarding their healthy, affordable food choices while living on a limited budget.
- We have developed and implemented an after school snack program with the goal of improving students grades by providing a healthy snack during a critical time of day.
- We continue to develop programs to assist our non-profit community partners affected by the growing problem of food insecurity.
CHOW Conquering Hunger Our Way
The CHOW Committee holds Sandwich Days to benefit Boca Helping Hands (BHH), Caring Kitchen, In the Pines, Faith Farms, Salvation Army, Farmworkers Coordinating Council of Palm Beach and the Youth Activity Center. Holiday food box drives are held and deliver to Caring Kitchen, In The Pines and First Foot Forward. CHOW worked with BHH to recover food from the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and helped sort, stack and palletize canned goods from National Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Drive benefiting BHH. In a six week Cooking Matters course in conjunction with FLIPANY held at Dixie Manor, 12 residents graduate from the program. Throughout the year CHOW conducted a successful Hunger Games competition resulting in over 540 hours of community service.
KITK (Kids in the Kitchen)
The Junior Leagues’ KITK (Kids in the Kitchen) is an Association-wide initiative of the Association of Junior Leagues International designed to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition. By joining together to make an impact on the future health of our youth, the JLBR is committed to empowering today’s youth to make choices that help them lead healthy lives. JLBR’s KITK (Kids in the Kitchen) program illustrates the power of voluntarism to address community problems on both the grassroots and international levels, integrating their nutritional and physical education activities with disadvantaged children in our other community projects. To learn more about KITK (Kids in the Kitchen) visit their website, www.KidsInTheKitchen.ajli.org.