About PFC 2019-10-01T12:13:30+00:00

Our History

Our roots date back to the fall of 2014 when four local cyclists rode 360 miles in a relay across Florida to provide 134,000 meals for children in Haiti through the non-profit organization, Help for Haiti. One of these riders was founder and chairman, Ed Mullen. The ride provoked Mullen to find a solution for the hunger epidemic happening right here in Florida. The solution was the beginning of Pan-Florida Challenge – an organization dedicated to feeding food insecure children throughout the community.

Six years later, PFC and the Pan-Florida Challenge Board of Directors, began to look beyond just feeding hungry children. Their hope was to address its potential health repercussions – including life-threatening diseases like cancer ⁠— and implement preventive strategies.

Delving deep into scientific research and professional case studies, PFC found a proven link between a lack of nutrition, or poor nutrition, and an increased risk of developing cancer.

Today, Pan-Florida Challenge partners with local cancer organizations to support cancer prevention research and patient support. Our partnerships with elementary schools remain an important component, as we continue to provide PFC Power Packs to 2,500 hungry children every Friday.

Pan-Florida Challenge is currently supported by more than 300 volunteers, 50 sponsors, 1,400 donors, and 300 bike riders. To date, the organization has provided more than 5 million meals to children in need.

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Our PFC Leaders

Our Board

Ed Mullen
Ed MullenFounder and Chairman
Jim Gula
Jim GulaBoard Member, PFC Rider
Susanne Mullen
Susanne MullenBoard Member, PFC Rider
Kelly Assad
Kelly AssadBoard Member
Robert “Vigo” Vigorito
Robert “Vigo” VigoritoRide Director, Board Member
Craig Manchen
Craig ManchenBoard Member, PFC Rider

Our Staff

Jeri Goetz
Jeri GoetzExecutive Director
Jessa Gilberto
Jessa GilbertoCommunications Director
Megan Olson
Megan OlsonProgram Manager


102, 2017

The 2017 Papa John’s Racing p/b Trek elite women’s cycling team announces return to 2017 Pan-Florida Challenge

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Naples, FL – January 30, 2017 – The Pan-Florida Challenge announced today that the Papa John’s Racing p/b Trek 2017 Elite Women’s Team will again ride the 2-day, 180- mile Pan-Florida Challenge for Hungry [...]

201, 2017

Pan-Florida Challenge Raises Over $1 Million Dollars For Local Hungry Kids, Partners with the Hendry County Public School District, The Hendry County Tourism Development Council, The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Okeechobee & Glades, Operation Back Pack in Labelle, and The United Methodist Church in Clewiston to feed 190,000 Meals to 400 local students going hungry on weekends in 7 Schools in Hendry County.

By | January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Featured, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Naples, FL – January 24, 2017 – The Pan-Florida Challenge (PFC) has raised $1.1 million over the past year to provide 2.5 million meals for hungry children across Florida. The money will feed 2,500 [...]

3009, 2015

The Walmart Foundation Awards $65,000 To The Pan Florida Challenge And Meals Of Hope To Fund 181,000 Meals To Hungry Kids In South Florida.

By | September 30th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

September 30, 2015, Naples, FL - Pan-Florida Challenge (PFC) together with partner Meals of Hope are proud to announce the two are joining efforts with the Walmart Foundation to feed 181,000 meals to hungry [...]

1909, 2015

Pan-­Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids Fighting Child Hunger One Meal at a Time.

By | September 19th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 19, 2015 — http://www.racepartner.com/2015/10/05/pan-florida-challenge-for-hungry-kids-fighting-child-hunger-one-meal-at-a-time/ 60% of deaths in kids under the age of 18  are attributed to malnutrition. For RacePartner™ client Pan­Florida Challenge (PFC),  the solution to this epidemic [...]

WPTV & ESPN 106.3 NEWS, March 29, 2015

WINK NEWS, March 29, 2015

TCPalm December 19, 2016

Floridaweekly.com November 24, 2016

Floridaweekly.com November 30, 2016

Naples Daily News November 1, 2016

Naples Daily News May 2016

Endurance Sportswire October 2015

 NEWS-PRESS.com, March 28, 2015
 NEWS-PRESS.com, March 28, 2015

NAPLES DAILY NEWS, February 6, 2015

FLORIDA WEEKLY, February 5, 2015

Ride for Hunger 2014 Press 3/29/2014

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