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Last month, as we anxiously awaited the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Florida, we were told to stock up on medications, non-perishable items, gas, batteries, and water. This created a flurry of activity at grocery stores and gas stations.

But what about those of us who don’t have money to stock up? What about those whose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds/food stamps have been exhausted? What about the frail and the elderly who may not get their meal...

This summer, I was blessed beyond belief when I became a youth ambassador for No Kid Hungry and Florida Impact to End Hunger. I have learned invaluable skills that I know I can take anywhere I go, and I have formed amazing bonds with my coworkers. Though I knew many communities I would work in were in food deserts, this internship helped me understand the intersectionality of hunger, economic, and even racial status. Most of the children that I got to know this summer we...

This summer, we have been working hard to reach as many children as possible with the Summer BreakSpot program. We seek out gaps in service to add new sites and support novel delivery models, such as the mobile units, all with a goal of reaching children who previously may not have had access to free, nutritious meals when school is out. However, we often overlook the regular, existing sites which continue to reliably serve meals to their community. These sites demonstra...

Throughout the summer, I have participated in efforts to minimize the effects of food insecurity among children in Miami-Dade County. This included improving interactions between community members and outside groups. Furthermore, our work by participating in enrichment activities promoted community engagement. We were able to match the interests of the children we worked with while also meeting their needs.

Goals were met to introduce healthier lifestyles to the communiti...

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to work with Florida Impact to End Hunger as an intern in Miami, Florida. Each day, my fellow intern, Shirbrina, and I traveled to five Summer BreakSpot sites throughout Miami the hour before lunch came to help children to receive a free, healthy lunch.

We also coordinated physical and educational activities for them to do the hour before. The kids were always ready to jump rope, learn about healthy eating with Common Threads, or...

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