JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With summer vacation just around the corner, many school children in Jacksonville will find their only nourishment through meals and snacks provided to them through summer enrichment programs.
In Florida, 16 percent of children under 18 are at risk of going to bed without dinner each night. In Jacksonville alone, more than 39,000 children live in poverty.
For the third consecutive year, Chick-fil-A at Roosevelt Square in Jacksonville has stepped forward to partner with Second Harvest North Florida in an effort to provide summer lunch opportunities to children from low-income neighborhoods through the "Nourishing Kids Summer Meals Program."
Youth programs throughout Jacksonville offer children at risk of facing hunger a safe place to find nourishment, have positive role-models and participate in educational and social development activities. Chick-fil-A at Roosevelt Square is working through these sites and local donors to provide many of these children with an extraordinary experience – a Chick-fil-A Day!
The Chick-fil-A cow will visit the kids at their summer programs, bringing a Chick-fil-A experience to them in the form of a boxed lunch that has been provided through community donations. Through each $5 donation, one child will receive a boxed meal. Donors will also receive a coupon for a free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich to thank them for their donation. A $500 corporate donation provides 100 children with a Chick-fil-A Day and earns the sponsoring group 100 free coupons and a certificate for a large Chick-fil-A nugget tray for its employees.
"We at Second Harvest extend our sincere appreciation to Chick-fil-A at Roosevelt Square for its involvement with us through this program," said Thomas Mantz, executive director of Second Harvest. "Through community efforts of restaurants like Chick-fil-A at Roosevelt Square and other businesses and individuals, we are able to make a difference in the lives of the children is this community. Whether it is a $5 coupon or a $500 corporate sponsorship, every gift makes a profound difference."
To make a donation, visit Chick-fil-A at Roosevelt Square (4495 Roosevelt Boulevard) or contact Laura Burris, marketing director for Chick-fil-A at Roosevelt Square, at 904.386.6577 or email@example.com.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of North Florida
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Florida is the oldest and largest program of Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida. LSS was founded in 1979 by area Lutherans and business leaders to fill gaps in services offered in the community for people in need. The Food Bank gathers food from local and national sources, shares these resources with 520 nonprofit organizations in 18 north Florida counties and helps thousands of people each year who are hungry or at risk of not having being able to provide food for themselves and their families. In addition to collecting and distributing food, the Food Bank serves children in after-school programs through its Kids Cafe and in summer camps through its Summer Lunch program. It also takes Mobile Pantries filled with Family Boxes of food to people living in neighborhoods with the greatest needs and sends food home with schoolchildren for weekends and school breaks through the BackPack Program. Call 904.730.8234 for more information about any of these programs and services.
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