Florida Charter School Students Work to End Hunger

Statewide Public Charter Schools To Participate in Food Drive Benefiting Feeding Florida

TALLAHASSEE – During the month of October, the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is joining forces with Feeding Florida to collect food items to benefit Feeding Florida’s statewide network of food banks.

Charter schools across the state will participate in the food drive. All donations collected from the food drive will benefit the local food bank.

Priority needs include: canned fruit (no sugar added); canned vegetables and beans; rice and pasta; canned meat or poultry; nonfat dry milk; baby food (no glass); powdered infant milk; granola bars; and peanut butter and jelly (no glass).

“We are excited to partner with the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools to provide an opportunity for youth to make an impact in their community,” said Robin Safley, executive director of Feeding Florida. “Feeding Florida’s statewide network of Feeding America food banks work day in and day out to provide a healthy, adequate and consistent food supply to families facing hunger in our communities. This partnership allows us to provide public charter schools with the opportunity to directly impact their local food banks.”

Feeding Florida’s 14-member food bank network supports more than 2,600 local nonprofits throughout the state, which provide nutritious food directly to more than 3.3 million individuals and families in need to ensure a hunger-free Florida.

"At our core, Florida’s public charter schools are community-driven,” said Robert Haag, President of the FCPCS. “This partnership is a perfect fit for our family of community-driven educators and students to give back to our neighbors and truly make a difference.”

Statewide food banks will continue to receive donations from the charter school food drive throughout the month of October. Final totals will be shared at the conclusion of the drive.

About Feeding Florida

Feeding Florida is the state’s lead organization in the fight to end hunger. Our statewide network unites 14 member food banks to provide a healthy, adequate, and consistent food supply to every community every day. Feeding Florida member food banks support more than 2,600 local charitable agencies, which provide food directly to individuals and families in need to ensure a hunger-free Florida. Each year, the Feeding Florida network provides food to the 3.3 million Floridians facing hunger, including 1.1 million children and 700,000 seniors. Feeding Florida is a unified voice regarding hunger and food insecurity by focusing on each community’s needs. To learn more about Feeding Florida, visit www.FeedingFlorida.org.

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools. Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven. FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.