Hunger can — and does — exist amid plenty. Despite its wealth, more than 132,000 residents in Palm Beach County struggle with hunger. 37,350 of these residents are children who do not have enough to eat on a daily basis.* Over half of the students enrolled in The School District of Palm Beach County are qualified for free and reduced lunch.
*Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap [https://map.feedingamerica.org/]
In our community, individuals or families do not want to share with their neighbors the fact that they are struggling economically often hide hunger. Sometimes hunger hides behind doors of nice houses with mortgages in default, or where the electricity is turned off, or all the income is going to housing costs, leaving little or no money for food. Sometimes it hides behind the stoic faces of parents or grandparents who skip meals to protect their children or grandchildren from hunger. It goes unseen by those not looking for it.
Often students only eat while they are at school because they do not have food at home. There are 92,837 students that have qualified for free and reduced lunch, which is 49.7 percent of the students enrolled in Palm Beach County Public Schools (not including charter schools). Due to the growing number of children facing food insecurities, United Way of Palm Beach County has partnered with providers to provide 7,800 children with weekend food backpacks and nearly 22,000 meals served through the Mobile Breakspot food program in the Glades area.
In 2015, United Way of Palm Beach County and the administrative leadership at Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners collaborated to develop, identify solutions, and implement the Palm Beach County Hunger Relief Plan.
United Way and the County continues to lead this collaboration with more than 180 partners in our community to address childhood hunger, senior hunger, building infrastructure, alleviating hunger and increasing access to fresh produce in The Glades, and advocacy.
With an incredible gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott in 2020, United Way is partnering with the Palm Beach County Food Bank to build additional infrastructure that will expand hunger relief efforts and allow for more nutritious food to reach more people in our community.
Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service serves the community by providing social services to strengthen individuals and families and participating in identifying, addressing, and assisting in the coordination of aid for
The Community Health Center of West Palm Beach free, quality primary health care services, navigation, and education services to uninsured and underinsured low-income Palm Beach County residents. Areas of care include chronic disease management, mental health, vision, and women’s health.
Families First of Palm Beach County provides permanent housing with support services to homeless families with disabilities. Families First of Palm Beach County also links high-risk pregnant women to needed pre- and postnatal care as well as monitoring and follow-up services.
Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County promotes self-sufficiency and improves the quality of life of migrant/seasonal farmworkers and other people in need through education, advocacy, and access to services.
The mission of Alpert Jewish Family Service is to serve the community and fulfill its obligation of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).
FLIPANY aims to build health equity through healthy meals, nutrition education, mentored physical activities, and wellness initiatives.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies aims to nurture healthy births and families by meeting the physical, emotional, economic, and social challenges of pregnancy and infant wellness.
The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County delivers outreach, education, consultation, free legal services, interventions, in-depth case examination, workshops, and educational materials to both military veterans and low-income individuals in Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County Medical Society Services increases access to quality health care for the uninsured. Individuals with urgent medical needs connect to specialists and other medical service providers willing to serve the uninsured at no charge.
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services provides services such as food distribution and creates opportunity for social-emotional health and interpersonal skills by participating in a nurturing, stable relationship with a mentor.
T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Society connects high school students interested in medical and STEM careers with ethnically and culturally diverse healthcare professionals to encourage and support a culturally competent medical workforce.
The Children’s Healing Institute provides a strong, consistent support system for at-risk families, ultimately to protect children. Each family is matched with a highly qualified mentor who teaches non-violent parenting practices and strives to improve the parent’s ability to meet the basic needs of their family.
The Salvation Army offers housing for eligible male Veterans at the agency’s Center of Hope complex. Supplemental services include intensive case management, clothing, transportation, and life and job skills training, among others.
United Community Options serves children and adults with a wide range of needs and abilities including physical, intellectual, and neurological disabilities, as well as developmental delays and developmental disabilities.
Youth Empowered to Prosper develops the mindset and skillset of challenged youth ages 13 to 22 through mentorship and real-life experiences focused on character-building, education and leadership, job and money management, uplifting others and personal wellness.