Feeding the Community
- Written by Amy Dinsmore
- February 7 2014
The PowerDMS Give Back Committee (GBC) kicked off 2014 with a bang, and lots of giving. Our team strives to give back as much as possible throughout the year—donating and volunteering. Many philanthropic organizations are in need of physical assistance, as much as funding, to feed their cause. Opportunities to be hands on and help out in the community always serve as great, humbling experiences for us, and we welcome any chance to make a difference.
The Christian Service Center of Central Florida has an amazing program, Daily Bread, offering a free nourishing noontime meal to anyone in the community who is hungry. We’re firm believers that no one should ever have to question whether there will be a next meal or not, and are extremely grateful for advocates ensuring everyone has access to a warm meal. We had a ton of fun meeting lots of wonderful people, while serving 325 meals. Interested in learning more about volunteering or donating? Visit their website at www.christianservicecenter.org.
When families are unable to provide quality meals for their children—it’s beyond devastating, especially when it interferes with their education. Statistically, malnourished children struggle to perform well and maintain the same grades as their well-fed classmates. Sadler Elementary School of Central Florida implemented a food-pantry program to prevent their students from facing this common issue.
To help Sadler Elementary’s efforts, the GBC provided a monetary donation and hosted a food drive to stock their school pantry and ensure no student is ever sent home hungry. For many students, the meals they get to shop for in the school pantry might serve as the only food in their home over the weekend. Feeding these less fortunate families is an extremely worthy cause. Interested in joining our food-drive fun or donating to Sadler Elementary’s pantry? Visit their website, here, to learn how to get involved.
With one in five Central Floridians struggling with the reality of hunger and food insecurity, we also donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Their amazing volunteers and feeding programs provide food for Central Floridians at emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters for battered women and children, disaster relief agencies, low-income youth activity programs and several other nonprofit agencies. To learn more about how you can help them combat hunger, visit their website at www.foodbankcentralflorida.org.
We were also happy to contribute to the Community Coordinated Care for Children, Inc. (4C) program for Central Florida families. 4C provides solutions to the challenges of affordability, accessibility and quality of child care to promote healthy development of children and improve the lives of families. To learn more about supporting 4C’s programs to ensure children are safe, healthy and school ready, visit their website at www.4cflorida.org.