The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County was awarded $10,000 to support its summer meals programs for children.
The grant was part of a $100,000 grant from No Kid Hungry Florida to the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. Ten Clubs in Florida received $10,000.
The Marion Boys & Girls Club has a branch in Dunnellon.
The award allows the Clubs to serve up to three meals and two snacks to Club members – helping an estimated 1,400 children and totaling as many as 246,000 meals in Florida.
The meals are critical in the summer when children and families can’t rely on school meal programs.
“This summer might be the hungriest one yet for many kids,” said Sky Beard, director of No Kid Hungry Florida. “Many parents continue to struggle to keep up with the rising cost of food while also recovering from the many challenges of the past two years. We’re proud to partner with and support the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, an organization that recognizes this need and the important role summer meals play in ensuring our kids can return to school in the fall healthy and ready to learn.”
The 10 Clubs selected by the Florida Alliance serve rural counties with food insecurity rates over the state average of 12 percent, with some having rates as high as 16.8 percent.
“We are grateful for the continued support from our partners at No Kid Hungry, who have made it possible for so many more youth to have the fuel they need to be successful,” said Joe Davis, Executive Director of the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. “The summer is such an important time in a young person’s life and having the proper nutrition helps both the mind and the body. All of our organizations are dedicated to ensuring that our youth have the meals they need and No Kid Hungry has made it possible to achieve that goal.”