Naples, FL – September 19, 2017 – The Pan-Florida Challenge (PFC) today announced the launch of the $50k Hungry Kid Challenge to feed Florida children left starving in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Naples-based La Colmar Bakery & Bistro will match, dollar for dollar, all donations up to $25,000. With $50,000 raised, Pan-Florida Challenge will be able to provide 130,000 meals for hungry kids.
While many charities are asking for donations for hurricane relief, Pan-Florida Challenge is uniquely poised on the ground where the need is greatest with the ability to get food quickly to children in dire need.
“Schools have been closed for nearly two weeks meaning many children are starving,” said PFC Chairman Ed Mullen. “They’ve missed eating nutritious breakfasts and lunches at schools. We need to get food to these kids FAST!”
Even when there’s shelter, there may not be any food. “The landscape through large swaths of Florida is devastated. Many homes, even those that survived category five winds, sustained damage and are still without electricity.” PFC Executive Director Jeri Goetz explained. “With businesses shuttered or gone, many people have missed work – and may not have jobs to return to. We’ve seen families digging through dumpsters looking for food. We’ve seen long lines for gas, ice, food, and other basic necessities for those who can afford them.”
Ana Brendel, co-owner of La Colmar Bakery & Bistro said, “In the month since we opened La Colmar, we’ve seen the devastation of Hurricane Irma – on our families and community. Working with Pan-Florida Challenge, we see first-hand the positive impact they have on children. We’re excited to support Pan-Florida Challenge and to provide this matching gift to feed hungry children in this time of great need.”
A Pan-Florida Challenge truckload of PFC Power Packs are being delivered beginning today to kids who need them the most. PFC Power Packs contain 13 meal offerings of shelf stable food – ready to be eaten right away, nutritious life-sustaining food.
To support the Pan-Florida $50k Hungry Kid Challenge, go to support.panfloridachallenge.org.
The Pan-Florida Challenge is committed to ending childhood hunger in Florida. In the past three years, the organization has provided 3 million meals for hungry children across eight Florida counties through the proprietary Pan-Florida Challenge Power PackTM weekend meals program. PFC Power Packs TM exceed USDA recommendations for calories, carbohydrates, and proteins for elementary school aged children. They are put into the kids’ backpacks every Friday. Pan-Florida Challenge currently feeds 2,500 children at 34 elementary schools and aftercare sites in eight Florida counties: Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Palm Beach, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie.
Our primary fundraising event each year is the Pan-Florida Challenge Ride for Hungry Kids, a charity bike ride, scheduled for March 10-11. 2018. Riders, sponsors, and volunteers are encouraged to participate.