project: We’ve Got Your Back!
Agency: Kick Off for Kids
Location: Orlando, Florida
Kick Off for Kids is a licensed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on community support to make a difference in the lives of Central Florida students. Their mission is to ensure all students have the proper nourishment to sustain the focus needed to achieve academic success. Their program benefits Orange County Public School (OCPS) and Seminole County Public School (SCPS) students from twelve different schools who receive free or reduced lunch, or families facing financial difficulties. Every Friday the schools’ on-campus food pantries generously fill backpacks with nutritious food to be sent home with the students. The food provides 10 to 15 families from each school with two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners for the weekend. The empty backpacks are returned the following Monday to be refilled for other families. Because the need is so great, the families rotate each week.
Kick Off for Kids hosts an annual fall fundraiser that coincides with the NFL season kickoff game. All proceeds from this event are used to purchase large quantities of food that is then distributed to the Orange and Seminole County school food pantries. The 2014 event raised more than $19,000 and 2,560 pounds of food.
project AVA is proud to partner with Kick Off for Kids and thrilled to introduce project: “We’ve Got Your Back.” This project will provide brand new backpacks for each of the twelve schools that are served by Kick Off for Kids. The schools will receive a designated number of backpacks to use as part of their weekly food distribution. The backpacks will allow students to safely and discretely transport nourishing food to their families. They will be continually refilled and reused throughout the school year. project AVA’s contribution is alleviating the need for the schools to purchase the backpacks. We will formally present the new backpacks to Lisa Moore at the Kick Off for Kids fundraising event on September 10, 2015.
As always, we appreciate your support in funding this project and other project AVA efforts in our communities. Together we are making a true difference in the lives of at-risk children and parents.