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There’s giving, and then there’s giving.

Like the sort that’s empowered the Family Stabilization Program at Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando to help rebuild families and get them housed. Like other groups doing the heavy lifting of serving Central Floridians in need, generous community giving defrays their good works.1

Read more with the Orlando Sentinel here…

How to Help?

We are accepting toys and food for this holiday season. Please visit us in Winter Park!
http://www.jfsorlando.org

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Even worse 33% of children in Central Florida will not even qualify to eat on the  food stamp budget outlined in the SNAP program below!

Break Hunger

SNAP Challenge: Eating on a Food Stamp Budget – MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

We saw this wonderful challenge provided by Mazon (an International Hunger Effort).  With a few modifications below, we thought it might be fun to do this locally in response to our HUNGER Doesn’t Take a Summer Break fundraising appeal.  Are you up for the challenge?

ONE WEEK (More if you want!)

The rules for the SNAP Challenge?  Can you do this?

  1. Each person can spend a total of $31.50 on food and beverages during the Challenge week. This budget translates to $4.50 per day, or $1.50 per meal.
  2. Keep all receipts and track all your food and beverage spending. Any food or beverages purchased and eaten during the Challenge week must be accounted for in your budget. For the purposes of this Challenge, you must include in your budget any amount you spend dining out.
  3. During the Challenge, eat only food that you purchase specifically for the Challenge. Do not eat food that you already have in your pantry or refrigerator (excluding spices and condiments).

What can you buy with SNAP?

YES:

  •  Food for the household to eat
  •  Breads and cereals
  •  Fruits and vegetables
  •  Meats, fish and poultry
  •  Dairy products
  •  Seeds and plants which produce food

NO:

  •  Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Nonfood items
  • Pet foods
  • Household supplies (soap, paper products, etc.)
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Hot (prepared) food

What to do during and after the SNAP Challenge:

  1. Share your personal experiences through social media, blog posts, op-eds to your local newspaper, or letters to your policymakers in Washington D.C. Be sure to share your thoughts with JFSOrlando as well. Tag us on Facebook (@jfsorlando) or Twitter (@jfsorlando #SNAP4aWeek) or email us.
  2. Donate to http://www.jfsorlando.org : your local nonprofit response to hunger, the additional amount you would have spent on food this week (or any amount you feel is appropriate).
  3. Remember this experience when you cast your ballot this Fall. Learn about food insecurity in your community, then ask your candidate(s) where they stand on food insecurity issues.

Mazon International devised this SNAP Challenge, this might be a fun local effort!

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Have you ever been hungry… not known where your next meal was coming from…or how you were going to feed your children? What a tough situation to be in – to have to put your children to bed with empty bellies.

Hunger is a very large problem in Central Florida. 17% of the population of the state of Florida has food insecurities – that’s nearly 1 in 5 people!

At Jewish Family Services we are doing what we can to alleviate hunger.  But we need your help! We are getting ready for the annual Feinstein Challenge – our biggest food drive of the year. The campaign runs from March 1st through April 30th. This is a nation-wide event and community participation is essential. Please let us know if you can help by doing a food drive, or just bringing in some food items to our pantries. Next time you’re at Publix or Winn-Dixie and they have a Buy-One-Get-One, pick up one for yourself and one for someone in need.  Or when Albertson’s has the 10 items for $10, buy a couple for yourself and donate the rest to help stock JFS’ pantries.

If you are interested in doing a food drive and don’t know how to start, please visit our website www.jfsorlando.org and follow the link on how to run a food drive.

There is plenty of food to go around – we just need to make sure that everyone has access to this food. Hunger does not need to be a problem in this country. Help be part of the solution.

 

 

 

 

Adrienne Cooperman
JFS Emergency Services Program Manager

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