When it comes to providing nutritious snacks and meals to disadvantaged neighborhoods in South Florida post-Hurricane Irma, FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) scored.
United Way of Broward County requested assistance from its nonprofit partners for food relief after Hurricane Irma left many already food insecure without the simplest of basic necessities. FLIPANY called on its partnership with PepsiCo Food for Good to help and just took delivery of a very generous donation of more than 35,000 nutritious, non-perishable meals for children and seniors.
The delivery from PepsiCo Food for Good, valued at more than $105,000, includes two types of nutritious, five-component meals in a bag. Bag #1 has Hummus, Sunflower Kernels, Savory Cracker, Craisins and Fruitables Juice. Bag #2 includes a Cheese Plate, Sunflower Kernels, Savory Pizza Bites, Fruitable Juice and Fruit Cup.
Through FLIPANY’s partnership with the Pride Center at Equality Park, the 18-wheeler with 26 pallets of self-stable food was received and unloaded ready for United Way of Broward County to disseminate where the need is greatest.
United Way of Broward County in collaboration with the Children’s Services Council of Broward County identified funded providers who were in dire need of the non-perishable meals. Within one week the meals will be distributed to LifeNet 4 Families, Roosevelt Gardens Park, Sunshine, YMCA, City of West Park, Crockett Foundation, After School Programs, Inc, Gulf Coast, HOMES, Inc., PACE Center, Camelot, SunServe, Henderson Behavioral Health, FLITE Center, Memorial, Legal Aid Services, Harmony Development Center, HANDY, Inc. and Community Based Connections.
“FLIPANY serves thousands of youth and families daily, with nutritious packaged foods in after care programs and through collaborations with community partners and social services agencies throughout South Florida,” said Lynne Kunins, founder and CEO of the nonprofit FLIPANY. “As a response to the need for resources post storm, our first thought was to turn to our incredibly generous partner PepsiCo Food for Good to help out in our community’s time of need. We are looking into doing something similar in Monroe county or Puerto Rico.”
About FLIPANY Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY)’s mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community. FLIPANY serves youth and families, including seniors, through collaborations with community centers, parks, and other social services agencies. FLIPANY is the lead Florida partner of Cooking Matters, a program of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. For more information, visit www.FLIPANY.org.
About PepsiCo Food for Good
Food for Good's mission is to make healthy food physically and financially accessible for low-income families through sustainable, business-driven solutions. Food for Good was started in 2009 when PepsiCo employees began exploring how they could leverage the people, passion, and expertise of PepsiCo to make a meaningful impact in our communities. Food for Good's summer meal program works with local nonprofit organizations and government agencies to provide meals to children at risk of hunger. Food for Good is able to leverage PepsiCo's expertise in taste and nutrition, distribution, and its scale to effectively and efficiently reach kids in need. For additional information about Food for Good, please visit http://www.pepsicofoodforgood.com.
About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 75 years. United Way of Broward County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.