Entries by lcameron

FLORIDA HEALTHY RETAIL: BRINGING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER

The Florida Healthy Retail project kicked off in Miami Gardens and has been achieving much success even despite the Coronavirus pandemic. What was first thought to be a supreme barrier to our project is what actually motivates us and our retailers to get support on the ground. I travel to the stores weekly to learn […]

LESSONS FROM THE 2020 NATIONAL ANTI-HUNGER POLICY CONFERENCE

At the beginning of March, I traveled with our Chief Operating Officer Katie Williams to Washington D.C. for the annual National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference hosted by Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Feeding America. This event was the highlight of my year so far, despite spending a significant amount of time struggling to adapt […]

HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE #NSBW2020 ?

This week is National School Breakfast Week. Almost every day we hear about how important the first meal of the day is. Without food in the morning, our children lack the energy they need to concentrate and learn. Schools recognize this by providing breakfast at all public schools in Florida and, in the majority of […]

FEEDING OUR CHILDREN, FEEDING OUR FUTURE: THE DIRECT SERVICE OF A POLICY NONPROFIT

Hunger doesn’t just harm the physical health of children; it affects nearly every aspect of their lives, from self-worth to academic performance to socialization. According to the American Psychological Association, hunger is associated with anxiety and depression in children. In adolescents, hunger is associated with depressive disorders and suicidal tendencies. The distraction of hunger also […]

FLORIDA CHILDREN TOOK OVER THE CAPITOL BUILDING

The hands, hung. The meetings, set. The dining sets, placed. The swag, ordered. The final practice for the performance, finished. Children’s Week had arrived. What is Children’s Week? “Florida’s Children’s Week is an annual week-long celebration filled with joyful singing voices of young children, the colorful “Hanging of Hands”, and the dedication of thousands of […]

A PROGRAM THAT FEEDS SENIORS AND THEIR FURRY COMPANIONS

Studies show pets bring a level of joy and companionship to seniors who live alone. What does this have to do with hunger-related issues the elderly face? Taking care of a pet includes feeding, grooming and veterinary care, which can be financially burdensome and physically challenging to seniors. More often than not, a devoted animal […]

THE COMPLICATIONS OF ELDER FOOD INSECURITY

“I believe every patient needs a physician who will be an advocate to help them regain their health.” – Dr. Jenneffer Pulapaka, DPM, ACFAS, CWSP, DABMSP, FACCWS How does food insecurity impact our elderly population? From 2001 to 2015, the number of older adults who were food insecure more than doubled to 5.4 million individuals […]

2020: A STRONG YEAR IN THE FIGHT TO #ENDHUNGER

The Florida Legislature season begins Tuesday, January 14th. For most, that won’t mean much, but for Florida Impact to End Hunger, it is a BIG day. We are supporting legislation that would provide access to nutritious meals for low-income children participating in parks and recreation programs. This sounds like a simple change but advocating for […]

HELLO, 2020: OUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

2020? Are you serious? This month marks the start of my third year with Florida Impact to End Hunger, and I feel like I’m just getting started. Although my oldest son turns 10 this year and I just celebrated my 12th wedding anniversary, I can’t help but feel like time is just flying by! As […]

THE 2020 CENSUS IS COMING SOON—WILL YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY COUNT?

Over the past few months, I have been a member of the Census 2020 “Hard to Enumerate” Sub-Committee in Broward County. The goal of this committee is to raise awareness and improve the census 2020 count by coordinating with human services and non-profit agencies to identify and reach out to hard-to-enumerate populations and increase participation […]