For the past several years the Town of Palm Beach United Way has had the honor of partnering with the Palm Beach Daily News and Palm Beach Fire Rescue, to collect non-perishable food for those less fortunate in Palm Beach County. Last year we were able to collect more than 1,900 pounds of food and $12,000 in donations for clients at our partner agencies Palm Beach County Food Bank and CROS Ministries. This year we will collect food for Feeding South Florida and Farmworker Coordinating Council.
In Palm Beach County, nearly 200,000 people, including 56,000 children, are "food insecure" or near hunger. Children exposed to food insecurity are at higher risk for developing obesity, asthma and other health problems. They also may be at higher risk for behavioral and social issues such as fighting, hyperactivity, anxiety and bullying.