Broward League of Cities shows power of volunteerism with ‘Million Hour Challenge’ service project
Elected officials and staff from cities throughout Broward County join forces with Feeding South Florida to aid hungry children throughout the community
Lauderhill Vice Mayor Ken Thurston, Pembroke Park Mayor Ashira Mohammed, Hollywood Commissioner Patricia Asseff, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Bobby DuBose, Hollywood Commissioner Kevin Biederman, Margate Commissioner Joanne Simone, and Wilton Manors Commissioner Tom Green.
Submitted by Marielle Sologuren
The Broward League of Cities, a non-profit organization representing the 31 municipal governments and more than 80 associate government, non-profit and business organizations within Broward County, recently hosted a service project at Feeding South Florida with more than 40 elected officials, city staff and associate members sorting and packing nutritious food for low-income children.
During his tenure as President of the Broward League of Cities, Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Bobby DuBose is highlighting the power of volunteerism by adopting “Together We Serve” as his platform and issuing a Million Hour Volunteer Challenge to the local community. The Feeding South Florida service project kicks off a series of community events being planned this spring as part of DuBose’s “Together We Serve” platform.
“The foundation of my tenure as League president stems from a belief in the power of volunteer service and the passion Bro-ward County residents and officials have for benefiting their community,” DuBose said. “Selecting the non-profit organization Feeding South Florida as our first community service event was an easy choice, as their hard work directly benefits struggling Broward County residents every day.”
During the service project, the Broward League of Cities team packed more than 1,300 meals that will be delivered to low-income children to nourish them on weekends when other food might not be available to them.
“Studies have shown that poor performance, behavioral problems, and health problems are all part of the effects of hunger,” said Feeding South Florida CEO Paco Vélez. “Thanks to the commitment of volunteer groups like the Broward League of Cities, we can help fill the void between Friday’s school lunch and Mon-day’s school breakfast with shelf-stable, kid-friendly meals that are part of a well-balanced diet.”
Feeding South Florida solicits donations of food from a variety of sources, such as farmers and grocers, and distributes it through a network of non-profit agencies including daycare centers, homeless shelters, youth programs, residential homes for the physically and mentally challenged and many more. The organization continually displays its commitment to eliminating hunger and poverty throughout the area by providing approximately two million pounds of nutritious food each month to hungry South Floridians.