In offering advice to small businesses, we often suggest giving back to the community as a way to make a name for yourself. So this summer, from July 18-August 12, we put our money where our mouth is … or rather, in the mouths of those in need. BFS Capital challenged employees to help the less fortunate in our hometown by teaming up with local non-profit, Feeding South Florida for an unprecedented company-wide food drive. The food and money collected helps children and seniors in need.
In addition to donated food items, over $2,400 was raised during our month-long initiative. That money was used at local supermarkets to purchase more food for donation.
That’s a very legitimate question, given that not all charities use their donations in the way people expect. But Feeding South Florida is the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida, and our donations went directly into the hands of needy children and seniors through a variety of established programs.
The first is Feeding South Florida’s Senior Program. Our area has been a destination for seniors for decades, but many of them don’t have the necessary income to survive retirement. Nearly one in seven struggles to pay for basics like food, medicine and rent. The program we support delivers boxes filled with 10-12 nutritionally-balanced meals to over 150,000 South Florida seniors at Senior Centers and housing sites. The food is crucial in helping them stave off many of the health problems associated with aging, from heart disease to Alzheimer’s to depression.
But it’s not just seniors who will benefit from Feeding South Florida’s programs—a number of them are aimed at children. First is the Backpack Program, where students at area elementary schools who depend on free school lunches, receive meals to take home over the weekend. The program reaches about 1,800 area children, who each get a backpack filled with two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners on Friday afternoon.
Additionally, Feeding South Florida donations support the After School Snack Program which delivers food to after school programs like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This program provides badly-needed nutrition to children who might otherwise not eat again until school lunch the next day. They also participate in the Meals for Minds Program in conjunction with Target, donating 30 pounds of fresh produce and shelf staple food to each participating student in Broward County’s Park Ridge Elementary School in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Our partnership with Feeding South Florida would not have been possible without the overwhelming generosity of our employees, who not only make us successful every day, but make South Florida a better place for those in need. Thank you to our team at BFS Capital! And hopefully we can continue to give back to the community that has contributed so much to our success.