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Feed and Read Program



The aim of the Feed and Read Program is to reduce hunger and reading loss during the summer months.  The Feed and Read program provides nutrition, mentoring, and free books to low income children during the summer school break. 

By mobilizing a network of community centers and churches this year United Way will run 18 Feed and Read sites open to the public.  Each site provided lunch for the children, half through the USDA Break Spot program and the other by utilizing their own center’s kitchen resources.  Some centers may require participation in the program to work with the mentors, but all public sites will provide books and meal packs weekly.  

United Way also has reading mentors who volunteer at the Feed and Read sites.  They provided one-on-one and group reading opportunities and encouraged independent summer reading.  Each child will receive reading-level appropriate books to keep as a personal library. 

Last summer a total of 16,000 books were provided to the 3,600 participating children. To complement the Feed and Read effort, Project Hunger funds were used to purchase more than 15,000 back-pack meals that the neediest children received for at-home consumption. In addition, thanks to Project Hunger, we were able to give out fresh fruits and veggies!   


Feed and Read Program


 2017 Feed and Read Sites

Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice G. Jackson Park 
4201 North Cocoa Blvd, Sharpes
Tuesdays 10 - 11 am
Isaac Campbell, SR Community Center
701 South Street, Titusville 
Wednesday 10 - 11 am
Sandrift Community Center
585 N Singleton Ave, Titusville
Wednesday 10 - 11 am
Port St. John Community Center
6650 Corto Rd, Cocoa
Friday 10 - 11 am
Cuyler Park Community Center
2329 Harry T. Moore Ave, Mims
Wednesday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cocoa Community Center West  
230 S. Burnett Rd, Cocoa 
Thursday 1 - 2 pm
House of Hope
330 Magnolia Ave. Merritt Island
Monday 7 - 10 am
Joe Lee Smith Park Community Center  
419 Washington Ave, Cocoa
Thursday Noon - 1 pm
Kiwanis Island Park
951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, Merritt Island
Wednesday 1 - 2 pm 
McLarty Park
790 Barton Blvd. Rockledge
Thursday 11 am - Noon
Travis Park Community Center
2001 Michigan Avenue, Cocoa 
Tuesday 1 - 2 pm
Woody Simpson Park Community Center           
1590 Schoolhouse St, Merritt Island
Wednesday  1 - 2 pm 
Club Esteem at Lipscomb Community Center
3316 S. Monroe St, Melbourne
Tues & Thur Noon - 1 pm
Destiny Life Center  
3400 Randolph St, Melbourne
Wednesday 11 am - 1 pm
Florida Avenue Church of Christ
1281 Florida Avenue, Palm Bay
Tues & Thur 11 am - 1 pm
Greater Allen Chapel  
2416 Lipscomb St, Melbourne
Tues & Wed 11 am - 1 pm
Max K. Rodes Park Community Center  3410 Flanagan Ave. West Melbourne Tuesday 1 - 2 pm
Police Athletic League 
1092 Swan St, Melbourne
Tuesday 10 - 11 am
South Mainland Community Center
3700 Allen Ave., Micco
Friday 10 - 11 am
Housing Authority
1686 MaryWood, Melbourne
Friday 11 am - Noon
Wickham Park Pavilion 
2500 Parkway Dr, Melbourne
Friday 10 - 11 am
Viera Regional Park
2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera
Tuesday 10:30 - 11:30 am


Project Hunger



United Way of Brevard assists the efforts of Project Hunger as part of our commitment to improve the health of our community. Project Hunger is a grassroots group focused on providing food to hungry kids during the summer months when kids do not have access to free and reduced price lunches provided at schools during the school year. Project Hunger began as an emergency appeal in 2009 as the ‘great recession’ began and has raised over a half million dollars to fight childhood hunger in Brevard.


The intent for Project Hunger was to be a time-limited appeal to address the concerns of childhood hunger during the summer months, but the concerns continue – there are approximately 72,279 children in the Brevard School District. During fall, 2014 there were 31,825 children (44%) eligible for free or reduced lunch.  Among Brevard households with children, 27% (Feeding America) are considered ‘food insecure’. Food insecurity occurs when a family has to make a choice between purchasing food and paying other bills, such as utilities and medical expenses.

2016 Results
Project Hunger funds continue to fund the growth of the United Way Feed and Read summer program. This past summer, the program expanded from 2,000 children to more than 3,500 at-risk children participating at 32 sites located throughout Brevard.  13,000 food packs were distributed as well as 2,500 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Project Hunger committee successfully raised $71,000 to fight childhood hunger during summer break. The Feed and Read program also distributed 16,000 brand new books to keep kids reading over the summer.


2015 Results
Project Hunger raised an outstanding $75,000 in 2015. The result? More than 2,000 at-risk kids participated in United Way's Feed and Read summer program. Additionally, more than 12,400 back-pack meals were sent home. Thanks to the leadership of Project Hunger, United Way’s Feed and Read program introduced a pilot that also provided 2,380 servings of fresh fruits and veggies to children.

2014 Results
The Project Hunger appeal raised $60,000 in 2014.  The funds were used to buy food that fed 1,275 hungry kids during the summer weekends at United Way's Feed and Read program. Project Hunger funds were specifically used to purchase more than 8,860 back-pack meals that the neediest children received for at-home consumption.  


2013 Results
Funds raised during 2013 were put to use in a joint effort of the Face of Change, The Children’s Hunger Project, United Way of Brevard, and Project HUNGER. Thanks to Brevard’s generosity, we were able to assemble over 100,000 rice and bean meals and over 6,000 backpack meals to be provided to our elementary school kids that depend on free and reduced lunches. The meals packed were also distributed to children and families in need through our local pantries as well as United Way Summer Feed and Read sites. 


2012 Results


In 2012, the project took the first critical step to improving the overall logistics of food distribution to pantries with the purchase of a refrigerated truck.  In addition, both the South Brevard and Central Brevard Sharing Centers now have walk-in freezers ensuring that our community can properly store and distribute much needed fresh and frozen items.   And 4,382 meals were purchased and put into the backpacks of needy students in elementary schools with extremely high levels of students eligible for free and reduced cost meals.  





United Way of Brevard serves as the fiscal agent for Project Hunger and covers all costs associated with the appeal including printing and postage.


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