To some, the statistics can seem too sobering to be believed. In South Florida alone, 1 in 5 children and 1 in 8 adults don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A staggering 68% of families in South Florida regularly have to choose between food and utilities. And perhaps most distressing of all? Roughly 120,000 older adults in our area have to pick between buying food or critical medications. But don’t dismay — some of our area’s most exceptional samaritans are fighting back this scourge with some numbers of their own. Manifesting their mission of a hunger-free South Florida in all aspects of their outreach, Feeding South Florida has in the 2016-17 fiscal year amassed over 46 million pounds (roughly 38.3 million meals) worth of food, ensuring that 704,000 children were fed that would otherwise go to bed hungry. It’s an imminently necessary cause directly enabled by our own charitable locals; FeedingSouthFlorida.org.
As we all experienced the most unprecedented year in modern history, the resilient young professionals you’re about to meet withstood all the challenges that came with the pandemic, and stepped up to the plate like never before to hit the professional homeruns of their lives while inspiring the next generation to dream big and reach for the stars.
Around the world, Jackson Health System is known for saving lives. At the new, state-of-the-art Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial, they go even further: They give patients their lives back.