MARGATE, Florida – With the latest coronavirus stimulus package still stalled in Congress as the country continues to absorb the economic impacts of COVID-19, food insecurity remains on the rise. This means that the number of people who say they cannot afford enough food for consistent meals is increasing.
The need is so great that a group of volunteers are already starting a Thanksgiving food drive and need your help.
At Florida Career College in Margate, volunteers sort donated items to prepare Thanksgiving meal kits. Yes, although it may seem early for it, the organizers say the need in our community has intensified.
The college has partnered with the nonprofit 100 People project to get ahead of demand expected in November.
Last year a Map the Meal Gap Report put South Florida’s food insecurity rate at 12% – that’s over 500,000 people who don’t know where they’re going to have their next meal.
Then came COVID-19 and the associated economic impacts, forcing more families into food insecurity.
Feeding South Florida reports that about 50% of families at drive-thru distribution sites were seeking food assistance for the first time.
Households with children are particularly affected, according to the Brookings Institution, which shows a steady increase in food insecurity since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, especially among black and Hispanic households.
That’s why community food drives like this say they need your help.
How to help
For viewers who might want to support the effort, the Seven Regions of South Florida Florida Career College Locations accept items donated by the public until November 20. Deposit hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Non-perishable food items that can be donated include:
Canned vegetables (corn, green beans, yams, sweet potatoes)
Tins of Instant Mashed Potato Mix
Stuffing Mix Tins
Canned Cranberry Sauce
Boxes of macaroni and cheese
Boxes of Cornbread Mix
Canned gravy or gravy mix
All donated items will be sorted into Thanksgiving meal kits and distributed to families in need during a drive-through food donation to be held on the Margate campus before Thanksgiving. People can also make financial contributions to 100 People Project, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
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