TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — As people look to feed their families during this pandemic, the need will be great as students return back to school this year.
It's estimated that one out of every four children goes to bed hungry. It's a number that's hard to hear but one that we're hoping to bring down.
That's why the Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Envision Credit Union and businesses like Proctor Subaru are working together making sure no child has to go without.
Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the food bank that serves 11 counties in the panhandle of Florida.
The organization's Backpack Program was created in an effort to make sure that children did not go without nutritious food throughout the weekend.
During the school year, students are given a bag of food to make sure they get fed over the weekend. For many, it might be the only food they have access to the entire weekend.
The Second Harvest of the Big Bend's goal is to provide 2,000 bags of food this school year.
With the help of Envision and Proctor Subaru, as well as generous donations from the community, organizers hope that goal will be possible.
"I hope the outcome of our and Subaru of America's contribution is to provide food to those who need it and to bring awareness to the wider community that the need is there," said Martin Proctor with Proctor Subaru.
As part of the Envision No Hunger campaign, Envision Credit Union has pledged $30,000 in matching funds to ensure that the expansion of Second Harvest's Backpack Program in 2020 is as big as it's ever been. Subaru of America is also contributing $5,000 to the Backpack Program.
It's going to take everyone's help to get them to their goal and make sure our community's children don't have to fight for the food that they desperately need. To donate, click here.