With 5 schools waitlisted, LSS seeks support of child feeding program

Jacksonville, FL – As the Lutheran Social Services food pantry experiences a steady rise in the number of people served—21% higher than the same time last year—LSS is also seeing a growing need for food for our youth.

Currently, LSS delivers food to children at 13 schools in Duval and Clay Counties through its Backpack Program. Each Friday, the program distributes bags of snacks and easily prepared meals to 800+ students who rely on free or reduced school meals during the week. The food helps struggling families make it through the weekend, when school meals are not available.

Five schools recently reached out to LSS to participate in the Backpack Program, but LSS has had to place them on a waiting list due to a lack of funding.

In response to the growing demand, LSS is asking the community to sponsor a student through the Backpack Program. For $15 a month, a sponsor can provide one student and their family with food assistance every week.

“No child should go hungry in our community,” LSS President & CEO Bill Brim said. “Hunger is an issue we can solve, if we all work together. As LSS continues working hard to keep our pantry open and running five days a week, we are asking the community to support our efforts by sponsoring a child as a monthly subscriber.”

DONATE TODAY: $15 can feed a family for a month. Sponsor a family as a monthly donor.

More Ways To Help

In addition to becoming a monthly subscriber, there are other ways to help fight child hunger through LSS at no financial cost. LSS offers opportunities for individuals and organizations to sponsor a food drive, as well as volunteer shifts in the pantry. Visit the Get Involved tab at https://lssjax.org to learn more.

Other LSS hunger relief programs include the on-site food pantry open five days a week as well as Serving our Seniors, which delivers groceries to 450 low-income senior citizens every month. Current Market hours: Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. with additional afternoon hours on Tuesdays only from 2 – 4 p.m.

Article written by Danae Leake; to contact the author, email her at danae.leake@lssjax.org.

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