BROWARD COUNTY, Florida. – A non-profit organization helped provide a gateway to stability for people in Broward County suffering from hunger, homelessness and poverty.
LifeNet4Families, a leading nonprofit serving food insecure individuals and families, has had a tremendous impact in South Florida.
LifeNet4Families has been known as Broward County’s emergency for the hungry and homeless since 1985.
LifeNet4Families President and CEO Melanie Geddes told Local 10 News, “Each month, LifeNet4Families has served over 3,000 families and individuals in the community seeking food security.”
Food insecurity means having limited or uncertain access to nutritious food.
An estimated 210,000 people in Broward County are food insecure and of these, nearly 80,000 are children.
“With the rising cost of housing and the differences that are happening with health care, many families just can’t get by,” Geddes said.
Geddes told Local 10 News that, having experienced food insecurity herself as a child, she helped adapt one of the top nonprofit hunger programs to help children in crisis.
For 2 years, LifeNet4Families has been providing what they call “Food for Thought” boxes that will be packaged and sent to schools in the community.
“We do 300 boxes a month and those 300 kids get 2 boxes a month,” Geddis said.
The association has also built a strong partnership with Publix which has helped feed thousands of additional families.
“We really focus on four areas, education, youth, hunger and homelessness,” said Publix employee Robyn Hankerson.
The lives of families also feed around 250 people a day from their home kitchens
To learn more about the services offered by the nonprofit and ways to support the community, please visit, Lifenet4families.org.
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