The Gainesville Junior League partners with community organizations each year to make a positive impact in local women and children’s lives. This year, our community partner is the Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida.
How do you spot childhood hunger?
The signs aren’t always obvious – maybe an offhand, “Are you going to eat that?” at lunch, or a request for an extra snack in the classroom. Yet hunger is real and happens every day in our community.
Thousands of area students depend upon free lunch programs for the majority of their meals. On weekends and holidays when school isn’t in session, these kids often go hungry – and they return to class too undernourished to focus on learning.
The Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida fills backpacks with nonperishable food and distributes them to students in need, from kindergarten through high school. The kids bring these backpacks home on Friday and return them on Monday so they can be refilled for the following weekend. They also receive larger boxes of food for extended holidays and summer breaks.
They are a 100% volunteer-run program with one basic principle in mind – they see a need and are compelled to act. They partner with schools in our local community with the anticipation of growing to meet the needs of our county’s food insecure families.
Community Partnership — Information and the Application Process
The Junior League of Gainesville is proud to partner with many non-profit organizations in the Gainesville area. The purpose of the JLG Community Partnership Application is to allow the current membership to determine with which organizations they wish to partner and to clearly communicate expectations with signature community partners. All applications will be reviewed by members of the Community Advocacy and Research Committee.
The community advocacy and research committee chooses potential partners. If you know of a local 501c3-designated organization with a mission that relates to the health and well being of children or the empowerment women in our community, please forward the organization’s name to Taryn Buckley. When making a suggestion please keep in mind that per the bylaws of the Junior League of Gainesville, our organization is not allowed to raise funds for other organizations. Also, the organization will need to have a need for volunteers 3-4 times throughout the year as well as be able to provide a speaker for a General Membership Meeting.