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Health & Safety

Mobile Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) is one of Feeding South Florida’s (FSF) most innovative and effective approaches to bringing nutritious foods into neighborhoods that have been deemed food deserts. The residents in these areas have limited access to nutritious food and/or retail grocery stores and live below the federal poverty level. Through the MFP, individuals and families are able to access foods vital to a healthy diet.... more »
Who are you?

Feeding South Florida's mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and transforming lives through innovative programming and education.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Food insecurity (not knowing where you will get your next meal), caused by low wages and little access to healthy food, is a significant barrier that prevents so many from living, working and thriving in Florida. According to Children’s Health Watch, food insecurity is linked to increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, and higher obesity rates among children. For older adults, food insecurity is tied to increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, kidney failure, and memory loss.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Feeding South Florida Mobile Food Pantry addresses the Our Miami Report Health and Safety Goals 2 and 3. In particular, the 23.9% of the population of Miami that is considered obese, the heart disease death rate of 352.4 per 100K among individuals ages 35 and above, and the stroke death rate of 60.3 per 100K among individuals ages 35 and above all have direct links to the access members of our community have to healthy food options.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Each week, FSF and Glory Temple Ministries, located in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, host a Mobile Food Pantry (MFP). Hundreds of families in need receive fresh fruits and vegetables in a farmer’s market style distribution. Individuals have the option to choose the items they like with the same dignity as shopping in a regular open-air market, rather than receiving donated items that they may not use. Each week, an average of 16,842 pounds of food are distributed through this MFP.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Feeding South Florida

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HealthCorps - Empowering Youth Through Wellness

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HealthCorps University (HCU) is a train-the-trainer professional development program that empowers educators and administrators to bring HealthCorps’ innovative, health and wellness curriculum to schools, summer camps, community centers, and organizations. HCU provides hands-on training, engaging materials, tools, and support for trainees as they improve health and wellness through classroom education, staff engagement,... more »
Who are you?

HealthCorps University (HCU) is a train-the-trainer program within HealthCorps (HC), a 501(c)3, that was founded in 2003 by Dr. Mehmet Oz, and his wife Lisa, to combat the childhood obesity crisis.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Healthcorps’ in-school program has been in four high schools within Miami-Dade public schools since 2009; currently, we are present in two. Through our professional development trainings for district and school staff, we will be able to enhance the quality of health education that Miami students receive. The trainings will educate the staff, which will in-turn lead to enhancement of students’ life skills, health status and greater academic success.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Our project directly addresses the current 22.3% obesity rate in Miami, and perpetuates student academic success by educating adolescents on healthy life choices that pertain to nutrition, exercise, mental resilience, and necessary life-skills. As stated in The Our Miami Report, “there is a strong link between physical health and academic achievement.” Additionally, HCU will address the 3.6% deficiency Miami is currently experiencing from the Florida state average of high quality educators.

Please give examples of your project's success.

To date, HealthCorps’ curriculum has been deployed in 17 different states and has had an impact on approximately 300,000 teens and 600,000 of their family and community members. Our evidence based curriculum has increased student water consumption by 18%, has reduced 1% of body fat composition in overweight students within 8 months, and has increased student health knowledge by 11%. HCU has had nationwide success in empowering educators to address the health and wellness of their students.

Organization Name (or individuals name) HealthCorps

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