Shame on Florida and Kudos to Arby’s Foundation
Editor’s Note: As a Florida resident, I am ashamed of our state for letting so many children go hungry especially during the summer months. We see huge amounts of money spent on prisons, but how about more funding to help care for Florid’a children. Thank you to the Arby’s Foundation for stepping up!
Florida has a 26 percent child food insecurity rate, which means one in four kids do not know where their next meal will come from. To help end childhood hunger, the Arby’s Foundation is helping at-risk children in Tampa receive free meals through its successful “School’s Out, Food’s In” program.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), while more than 22 million school children in America receive free or reduced-price school lunches during the school year, and only nearly four million of those kids receive a free summer meal when school is out.
As part of the “School’s Out, Food’s In” initiative, the Arby’s Foundation will work with Pinellas County Schools to distribute 10,000 meal cards to Tampa children in need. With the meal cards, Tampa children who rely on meal assistance during the school year will receive 10 free, wholesome Arby’s kids meals throughout the summer. As part of last year’s “School’s Out, Food’s In” program, the Arby’s Foundation provided access to more than 1.6 million meals to children in need across the country.
“Summer can be a challenging time for families and as the last bell of the school year rings, it’s sad to know that some of our students will have limited access to meals,” said Lori Matway Associate Superintendent, Student and Community Support Services, Pinellas County Schools. “Thankfully, the Arby’s Foundation has designed an easy, accessible method to ensure children have access to meals during the summer. We are honored to participate in the ‘School’s Out, Food’s In’ program for the third consecutive year in an effort to end childhood hunger in Tampa.”
The Arby’s Foundation was founded as a way for Arby’s to give back to the communities it serves. For more than 30 years, the Arby’s Foundation has donated more than $80 million to various youth-related causes across America and has had a specific focus on childhood hunger since 2011. As part of the brand’s year-round commitment to ending childhood hunger, every purchase of an Arby’s Kids Meal helps fund the work of the Arby’s Foundation.
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Ranges of Food Security
There are four labels used to describe ranges of severity of food (in)security [iii].
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- Definitions of Food Security. United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us/definitions-of-food-security/#ranges Updated October 6, 2016. Accessed January 12, 2017.