Our Daily Bread Food Pantry (ODBFP) is pleased to announce that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Marco Island Community Fund of Collier Community Foundation. These funds will support FY23 Food for Marco Island.
Kids at risk of hunger may be less equipped to reach their full potential as they engage with the world around them. Studies show that children from homes that lack consistent access to food are more likely to experience developmental impairments in areas like language, motor skills and behavior.
40% of the children attending schools on Marco Island are at or below the poverty line. This allows them to access Federally assisted food programs for breakfast and lunch. This number jumps up to 90% just off of the island in the surrounding community.
In 2022 76% of pantry guests were served on Marco Island, which equaled $889,200 of their food cost. This food was dispersed through their Saturday pantry, mobile outreach at St. Mark’s church, Affordable Landscape, Marco Island Charter Middle School breakfasts and backpack program.
“These funds from the Collier Community Foundation will enable ODBFP to feed local students and seniors who rely on this nutritious food,” said Amanda Nelson, Executive Director of ODBFP. ‘We are so very grateful to the loyal support of CCF and appreciate their continued partnership.”
The Collier Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grant dollars from the Community Impact Fund. This Fund is made up of donors who believe in the Community Foundation’s ability to identify and grant to the community’s most current needs.
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