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For the past two summers, thanks to the Seeing the World program funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, I have had an opportunity to witness the big, bright smiles on the faces of children receiving a new pair of free glasses, just in time for the start of school. It is such a rewarding experience to watch their excitement, picking out and being fitted with their shiny new pair of specs at their local Summer BreakSpot site. The parents were so appre...

This past month, we took a huge step forward in our Healthy Corner Stores project in Miami Gardens. Not only have we completed our survey of food stores in the city and started our individual food environmental survey for residents, but we have now also started recruiting stores to the project. For this, Trudy (our President/CEO), Shirbrina (our summer intern), Tracy (representing Miami Gardens), and I spent an entire day visiting all of our target stores.

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Working on the Live Healthy Miami Gardens Project has been great! By unpopular opinion, surveying has been an awesome experience and has also helped build momentum for the project. People grew their interest in the project and it brought more attention to their health decisions. It was interesting to see people's interpretations of our project's goal and how they related it to their own lives. Traveling from universities to stores and to local parks has shown me the inte...

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...

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