Although many aspects of our communities exude abundance, we actually have some serious problems with food insecurity. For example in Palm Beach County, one in five children are food insecure and 3,549 kids identify as homeless. With an average price of a meal in Palm Beach County as $3.19, our program is able to provide food at a cost per meal just over $1. Feeding South Florida asserts that 63,660 children in Palm Beach County go to bed hungry. For many youth born into poverty, school food is an essential safety net.

Our Fuel Pack programs help youth to have healthy food items on the days that they don’t have school or community programs helping with their nutritional needs. Distributed on Fridays, youth in our programs can take the items home and use their cooking skills and nutritional information to develop healthy lifelong food competencies. Our food supports the good health of students at the following programs:

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School        50 Children

Boys and Girls Clubs                                        100 Children

Youth Empowerment Centers                        100 Children

Police Athletic League                                      50 Children

We’ve also learned that many youth aren’t sure how to cook, chop or prepare their food. We began showing students how they can use the items in their fuel pack to create healthy meals and snacks.

Here is some of the feedback we’ve received from our youth participants:

“Cooking is fun”

“the responsibility of following instructions is important”

“this is fun and should happen more often”

“oats are a whole grain and a good source of fiber”

 

References: United Way Palm Beach County, Feeding South Florida, USDA, Survey Results from Poverello’s Youth Cooking Class

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Poverello Live Well Center2 d ago
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Poverello Live Well Center4 d ago
Those are some very tasty fruits.
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