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Sat, Mar 27, 2021 at 1:35PM

No Kid Hungry at Family Renew

Parents working to lift their families out of homelessness will find it easier to put healthy, nutritious meals on the table for their children this year, thanks to a $15,000 No Kid Hungry grant to Family Renew Community.

Share our Strength, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit behind the No Kid Hungry campaign, awarded the funds in March. Family Renew will use the funds to acquire, store and distribute fresh produce, low-fat dairy and lean meat to the homeless and formerly homeless families it serves.

Each of Family Renew Community’s 32 apartments for homeless families with children has a kitchen. Parents are responsible for obtaining and preparing healthy at-home meals. Virtually all of our families rely on government SNAP benefits — commonly referred to as food stamps, though the stamps were long ago replaced with debit cards.

This monthly assistance is much-needed and much-appreciated, but a family’s card balance almost always hits zero with many days left until the next recharge. And with prices of fresh produce, low-fat dairy and lean meat comparatively high, budget-stretching moms and dads may be reluctant to put these nutritional powerhouse foods into their shopping carts.

Family Renew maintains a small food pantry on each of its three residential campuses for families experiencing homelessness — in Holly Hill, Daytona Beach and DeLand—to help fill the gaps. Those pantries, which also can be accessed by formerly homeless families served though Family Renew’s follow-up initiative, typically contains donated nonperishables and baked goods nearing their expiration date.

The No Kid Hungry grant will mean fresher and more nutritious food on the table for children.

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