September is Hunger Action Month in Broward County.
Did you know more than 784,000 people in South Florida are food insecure – meaning, they don’t know from where they will get their next meal? And of that, more than 260,000 are children under 18, and over 150,000 are seniors.
As members of the hospitality industry we feel a special connection in getting food to those who need it and can help break the cycle of hunger. As the largest employer in Broward County – we CAN make a difference! As part of a nationwide initiative created by Feeding America®, The Broward Chapter is supporting Feeding South Florida on the local level by coordinating various food and fundraisers at member businesses throughout Broward County, September 1 – 30, 2016.
Throughout the month of September, the Broward Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association member restaurants, hotels and businesses will ‘Go ORANGE’ in support of Feeding America’s nationwide Hunger Action Month initiative, with the goal of raising $5,000.00 (30,000 meals) to benefit Feeding South Florida.
Monetary donations are being collected through an online donation page at http://bit.ly/FRLAforHAM. Every $10.00 collected provides 62 meals.
Additionally, FRLA members are hosting virtual food drive donation boxes amid awareness display, using social media to spread the message of hunger in our community, and pledging percentages of sales throughout the month to up the ante and raise more. Check back often for new events, activities and donation locations.
Participants to date include:
Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale – Donation Box Host
Atlantic Hotel & Spa – Donation Box Host
Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill – $1.00 from every Pumpkin Spiced Cocktail served at all five South FL locations; Donation Box Host
Diplomat Resort & Spa – Donation Box Host
Fiberbuilt Umbrellas – Donation Box Host
Grill 401 – Specialty Cocktail with percentage of sales donated to Feeding South Florida
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort – Donation Box Host
Pinnacle Hospitality Systems – Donation Box Host
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach – Donation Box Host
Spazio – Specialty Cocktail w/ percentage of sales donated; Donation Box Host/ 10% off Total Food Bill with Donation
Spirited South Florida – Visit www.SpiritedSouthFlorida.com for specialty drink details and locations which will donate
The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale Beach – Go Orange Day
Tsukuro – Specialty Cocktail w/ percentage of sales donated; Donation Box Host/ 10% off Total Food Bill with Donation
Water Taxi Fort Lauderdale – Food Drive
Vantage Hospitality – Donation Box Host
“As members of the hospitality industry, and businesses, which support it, we feel a special connection in getting food to those who need it, as well as supporting efforts, which will help break the cycle of hunger and poverty.” – FRLA Broward Chair, Eduardo Fernandez.
To learn more about the #FRLA4Ham initiative or donate online, please visit http://bit.ly/FRLAforHAM