Here is the problem: 1 in 4 children struggle with hunger in the state of Florida according to Feeding America.
Hunger leads to misery, vulnerability and a lack of energy. That’s no way for a child to live.
Consider Jenny*, a single mom, who recently moved to Lakeland and didn’t know how she was going to provide for her four daughters, all under the age of 10 years old. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), expenses for three children in a single parent family average more than $22,000 per year. That’s overwhelming. Raising one child is costly enough, imagine having four mouths to feed all by yourself? How would Jenny keep her children happy and healthy?
Jenny found work at a local auto parts store but she continued searching for other jobs and resources that would better support her children. Eventually, Jenny found relief and hope for her children through Compassion Ministries. Jenny qualified for the program, giving her and her children access to life-changing resources like clothes, diapers, household items, educational workshops and food.
Food is a life-changer. It is essential for proper nutrition and a source of energy and confidence. Often times, an open mouth leads to an open heart. Jesus knew this and fed thousands of hungry people not once but twice, using food to build trust and open a door of hope. Jesus purposefully met a physical need so that He could meet a spiritual one.
We’re not Jesus, but we’re doing our best to be His hands and feet in the state of Florida. Because of the Harold Clark Simmons Compassion Center, which opened its door just over one year ago, we have been able to do “immeasurably more,” as the Apostle Paul states in Ephesians 3:20, for children and families. So far, this year, we have built trust and provided hope by serving more than TWO MILLION MEALS to children and families in the state of Florida. This equates to approximately 11,000 MEALS PER DAY.
We believe God has even greater plans for children in the state of Florida and around the world – and we want you to be a part of it. It’s not that we alone need your help. Simply, children and families in the state of Florida and around the world need our collective help.
On September 16, we are hosting the One More Child Celebration Ball with a goal of raising ONE MILLION MEALS to meet the basic needs of children and families in Florida and around the world. Will you join us?
We want to help children and families flourish by providing them with life-changing resources like food because in the end, we believe it’s a pathway to introduce them to the Life Changer, Jesus Christ.
*Name changed for confidentiality purposes.