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Feed and Read
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FeedandRead

 FeedandRead

Kids a Feed and Read SiteThe 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 United Way runs 18 Feed and Read sites open to the public during the summer.  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 30,000 books were provided to the 4,000 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!  

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2019 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  am
Sandrift Community Center
585 N Singleton Ave, Titusville
Wednesday
4 - 6 pm
Port St. John Community Center
6650 Corto Rd, Cocoa
   
Cuyler Park Community Center
2329 Harry T. Moore Ave, Mims
Wednesday
Noon
 

 
 
Cocoa Community Center West  
230 S. Burnett Rd, Cocoa 
   
House of Hope
330 Magnolia Ave. Merritt Island
Monday
Noon
Joe Lee Smith Park Community Center  
419 Washington Ave, Cocoa
Wednesday
1 - 4 pm
Travis Park Community Center
2001 Michigan Avenue, Cocoa 
Tuesday
3 - 6 pm
McLarty Park 
790 Barton Blvd, Rocklege 
Friday
Noon
Woody Simpson Park Community Center           
1590 Schoolhouse St, Merritt Island
Friday 
3:30 pm 
 

 
 
Club Esteem at Lipscomb Community Center
3316 S. Monroe St, Melbourne
Friday
Noon
Destiny Life Center  
3400 Randolph St, Melbourne
Friday
Noon
Florida Avenue Church of Christ
1281 Florida Avenue, Palm Bay
Thursday
Noon
Greater Allen Chapel  
2416 Lipscomb St, Melbourne
Wednesday
Noon
Max K. Rodes Park Community Center
 3410 Flanagan Ave. West Melbourne
Friday
3 - 6 pm
Police Athletic League 
1092 Swan St, Melbourne
Friday
Noon
South Mainland Community Center
3700 Allen Ave., Micco
   
STEM Academy
1686 MaryWood, Melbourne
Wednesday
Noon

 

 


 

Project Hunger

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truck.jpgUnited 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.
Last year marked the 10th year of the Project Hunger Summer Feeding appeal. Over the last ten years this committee and our generous community have raised $870,500! That has resulted in 603,843 meals for children over the summer months.  During the 2018 appeal Project Hunger raised $75,554.  
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.