Kids Against Hunger – Food Drive!
For the last two years Kids Against Hunger-Tavares, Inc., has packaged and delivered hundred of thousands of meals throughout Lake County, responded to disaster areas in the US, and addressed the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti. As a local need became more prevalent they stepped in with their Boxes of Hope program and a community Thanksgiving dinner. In order to incorporate all they have planned for the future, it became necessary to create a parent organization that would not only support Kids Against Hunger but would encompass our new backpack program and their plans for a mobile food pantry. They feel Deliver the Difference is the perfect name because that is what they do!
Right now in our community there are kids that, when they leave school on Friday, do not know if they will get to eat another meal before they come back to school on Monday. In Lake County alone there are over 2,500 homeless children due to job losses, the economy, and circumstances they have no control over. Beginning in March 2012 Deliver the Difference began providing 200 backpacks to needy children in 7 elementary and middle schools in North Lake County and setting up a food pantry in one high school. Each backpack contains 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks, juice boxes, and shelf stable milk. As a bonus 2 Kids Against Hunger meals, along with “add ins” to create variety, will be provided for the children’s family in a separate brown bag. Plans are being made for this program to extend to all of the schools and students in Lake County until the need has been met.
You can help this group of volunteers by providing food or monetary donations. Here is a list of items needed for the Kids Pack backpack Program:
- Single serve cereal
- Pop Tarts
- Cereal Bars
- Single serve Macaroni and Cheese
- Single serve Spaghetti O’s, Beef a Roni, Beef Stew, etc…
- Single serve fruits
- Single serve raisins
- Single serve shelf stable milk
- Single serve shelf stable chocolate milk
- Single serve snacks
- Single serve juice boxes
You may drop off any of these food items at any Westgate-Jones location.
We at Westgate-Jones Insurance Agency believe that it is important do our part to meet the needs of our community and to make a difference, especially when it comes to children. Deliver the Difference needs volunteers to help. For more information please check out their website at www.deliverthedifference.org or call 352-343-6700. Any financial donations can be made on the website or by sending checks to: Deliver the Difference PO Box 178 Tavares, FL 32778.
Westgate-Jones will be donating $1.00 for every new “like” on our Facebook page.