Supporting Our Community From A Distance
Food insecurity is defined as an experience where individuals or households don’t have access to healthy, affordable food. There are 10,000 food insecure children and 50,880 food insecure people in Alachua County as of 2018, according to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.
When the spread of COVID-19 began to threaten the health and safety of the community, schools were closed a week before Spring Break without notice. Breakfast and lunch were still provided to Alachua County students at designated pick-up locations.
The need for food, volunteers, and donations became eminent as Spring Break approached. Under federal regulations, school districts are not allowed to provide meals to students during Spring Break, so the district reached out to their community partners to keep children fed. The CAMPUS USA Credit Union Community Foundation donated enough money to provide meals to more than 700 Alachua County students in need.
We remain committed to the communities we serve, especially in a time of crisis. See the attached release for information on how you can help local students in need, too.