Right now, folks are gathering at a giant potluck dinner-in recognition of National Hunger Awareness Day. It’s taking place at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is hosting the event – called Hunger is NO Fun. The name is a play on the Fort Myers Miracle’s 2005 season theme…Fun is Good.
Associate Director of the Food Bank - Joyce Jacobs – hopes the event will raise awareness of local hunger…
“Because a lot of people don’t realize that just in our swfl area there are more than 100-thousand people living in poverty – and about a third of them are children. But across the country it’s like 13-million children that live in families suffering from hunger…you know, the United States of America is quite astounding to me.”
Organizers are handing out 5-thousand signs that say Hunger is no Fun – and during the 6th inning they’ll ask everyone to hold them up as they symbolically stand up against hunger.
Jacobs says about 90-percent of the food the food bank distributes EACH YEAR comes from outside southwest Florida… because it doesn’t have enough local support.
Wednesday, 08 June 2005 01:00