Naples, FL – November 18, 2016
The Pan-Florida Challenge (PFC) has raised $1.1 million over the past year to provide 2.5 million meals for hungry children. The money will feed 2,500 hungry children in 36 local schools and sites for this school year and beyond, across eight Florida counties through the proprietary PFC Power PackTM weekend feeding program.
For the past two years, the Naples, Florida-based nonprofit Pan-Florida Challenge has staged an epic two-day bike ride event across Florida. In 2016, PFC riders’ personal commitment of fundraising to feed hungry kids – combined with their physical stamina – inspired 37 business sponsors. 100% of the money riders raised goes directly to feeding hungry children. Inspiring over 1,600 donations, the PFC Riders raised an average of $2,834 each.
“We more than doubled our goal of 1 million meals. We reached 2.5 million meals,” PFC founder Ed Mullen joyfully said in thanking everyone. “Mission accomplished.”
PFC has issued an open call for the 2017 Pan-Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids. This year’s ride is March 11-12, 2017. Due to the growth in the number of participants, we have an exciting new route this year. The route spans 180 miles from Naples to Lake Placid and to Fort Pierce and is a fun way to get fit and help others. Funds raised by riders during this event will feed hungry children across the ride route and beyond.
According to Maura Plante, Executive Director of the PFC, “One out of every four children across our ride route may not know where their next meal is coming from. A hungry child can’t focus or learn in the classroom. Our PFC Power PacksTM go into the kids’ personal backpacks every Friday afternoon before leaving school with enough nutrition to exceed USDA recommendations for Saturday and Sunday. School faculty report improved attendance, less sickness, better in-class performance, and improved reading and math test scores in the students participating in our weekend feeding program. To these children, the PFC riders are not just athletes, they are heroes.”
Riders and Volunteers are welcome. Spots are limited. Register today at www.panfloridachallenge.org. Contact Maura Plante at 561-400-2712 for participation as rider, volunteer, donor, or sponsor.
About the Pan-Florida Challenge
Naples, Florida based Pan-Florida Challenge (PFC) is a 501 (c)(3) charity with a mission to end childhood hunger across Florida, one meal at a time. Pan-Florida Challenge has raised $1.1 million over the past year to provide 2.5 million meals for hungry children through grants, sponsorship, benefactors, and an annual bike ride event. The funding raised will feed 2,500 elementary school children at 36 schools and aftercare sites all school year long in eight Florida counties: Palm Beach, Collier, Lee, Hendry, Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee and St. Lucie. Our proprietary PFC Power PackTM with 13 meals of kid-friendly and nutritious food items exceeds the USDA recommendations for calories, carbohydrates, and protein for elementary aged children over the weekend. The Pan Florida Challenge’s fundraising activities include the 2017 Pan Florida Challenge Bike Ride for Hungry Kids. The 2017 PFC ride is a two-day, 180-mile ride across Florida from Naples to Fort Pierce on March 11-12, 2017. 100% of rider-raised donations goes to feed hungry kids.
Pan-Florida Challenge Sponsors
PFC has benefitted significantly from the generous support of sponsors across the Naples and Palm Beach business and rider communities as well as national corporations rallying behind feeding hungry kids including: Founding Sponsor Beacon Real Estate Partners, MHK Architecture and Planning, Waterside Builders Inc, GuidePoint Systems, Walmart, Clive Daniels, Marshalls, Soldavini & Caldwell CPA PA, Andersen Windows, WAVV 101.1FM, Florida Wood, Window and Door, Inc., Booska Movers, Capital Wealth Advisors, Farmer & Associates PLLC Attorneys at Law, Baconfest, North Naples Kiwanis, Hendry County Tourist Development Council, Kelly, Passidomo & Alba, LLP, Legno Bastone, Domino’s, Exari, Talis Park, Trek Bicycle Store, XRCEL, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Cheffy Passidomo Attorneys at Law, Bill Bone Bike Law, Naples Velo, SkyLink, CityPlace, LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation, Elévée Fine Clothing, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Tide Dry Cleaners, Race Doctor Pro Cycling Service, Banyan Printing, LA Fitness and Le Moulin Bakery and Bistro.