Sign in below to manage your monthly gift or email communications Sign in »
Stories of Hope and Courage: Thelisha's Story

Stories of Hope & Courage– Thelisha's Story

Meet Thelisha and Malik

This summer thousands of families are planning beach trips and theme park vacations in Central Florida. But other families in the tourist capital of the world are making a different kind of summer plan, one that involves where their next meal will come from. For low-income families who rely on school for regular meals, summer is a time of hunger and anxiety. Research shows that grocery costs rise more than $300 a month when school is out, putting added stress on already tight budgets.

Thelisha feels the added pressure of providing for her son, Malik, during the summer months. She is a single mother who often works 12 hours days at a local nonprofit. It is financially painful to know that from the end of May until mid-August she has additional expenses for meals and childcare to factor into her budget.

She has found a tremendous amount of support at Midway Safe Harbor in Sanford, one of 99 partners participating in Second Harvest’s Summer Food Service Program. At Midway, Malik participates in tutoring, sports and, most importantly, has a good meal.

“No matter how my day goes, I know Malik will have a healthy meal,” adds Thelisha. “I’ve seen the food they eat here. It looks so good that some days I wish I could join him for lunch.”

Like many kids, Malik looks forward to pizza day. The whole-grain pizza is topped with turkey pepperoni, a healthy swap. He is also a fan of chicken and waffles. Both meals are served with a green salad or other vegetables, fruit, and choice of milk.

Thelisha is grateful for supporters like you who embrace the community and ensure children like Malik have access to healthy food all summer long. Thank you for fighting hunger and feeding hope for kids and families this summer.

Inspired to help more of our neighbors in need like Thelisha? Find ways to help!

View more Stories of Hope & Courage

Hunger In Our Community
Stories of Hope and Courage Click to read stories of hope and courage
Meet some of the families, kids and seniors that you help. Read their stories.
How You Help
Learn how you are helping to feed families, kids, and seniors in Central Florida. Your impact
Your support changes lives Your impact on hunger in Central Florida
1 in 7 Central Floridians are struggling with the reality of hunger. Watch video.
Become a
Sustaining Donor!
- or -
Give a One-Time Gift
$10 Donated Provides 40 meals for our Neighbors in Need.
Stay Connected
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instragram Follow us on LinkedIn

Twitter

Instagram

Contact Us 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando, Fl 32805Ph: 407-295-1066 | F: 407-295-5299 Visit our other sites: Feed Hope Now Blog Partner Agencies gogreenback with Second Harvest Food Bank
Feeding Florida A Catalyst Kitchen Member Heart of Florida United Way A Member of Feeding America