Families in transition with children in several Seminole County Public Schools can now look forward to enough food for the nights and weekends. First Baptist Church of Altamonte Springs has coordinated and established food pantries in local schools, to be distributed to students in need.
In case you missed it, Seminole County was featured nationwide on CBS’s 60 Minutes program (you can watch it here: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7371392n). One segment revealed there are five to fifteen new reports of homeless students each day in Seminole County alone. 1,750 Seminole County students are registered homeless (or “in transition”), while approximately 27,000 are on free or reduced lunches, 42% of the overall student population. These numbers are astonishing and prove how much need there is among children around our community.
The food pantries currently provide meals and various toiletries, however the goal is to offer additional household and personal items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc. Rock Lake Middle School has the largest storage space, and handle distribution to other schools that lack the storage space.
Non-perishable food is ideal to donate, i.e., breakfast cereal, ready to eat pastas, canned items, fruit snacks, as some families do not have access to stoves or refrigerators. On Fridays students can receive fruits that are easy to transport, such as bananas or apples.
For more information about donating to the pantries please contact:
Cale Duncan, Youth Pastor, First Baptist Church of Altamonte Springs
You can read more about Seminole County’s efforts to help these children in need here: