The Jim Moran Foundation Supports Local Food Banks Through United Way of Broward County's Project Lifeline

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

BROWARD COUNTY, FL  -  The Jim Moran Foundation recently contributed $225,000 to local food banks through United Way of Broward County's Project Lifeline, which will help provide urgent relief to those most affected by the economic downturn. With this gift, United Way of Broward County is now at $625,000 towards the goal of $1,000,000.
 
In keeping with The Jim Moran Foundation's mission of responding to the community's ever changing needs, its generous gift will be directly invested in the food programs associated with Project Lifeline. The $225,000 will establish and maintain a central coordination system that allows food pantries and food banks to work together buying food in bulk and sharing resources. Project Lifeline began with its first distribution of 2,000 pounds of food on Tuesday, May 12 at 9 am at Cross Road Food Bank.
 
"Hunger in our community is very real.  However, if we all work together and give generously from our hearts, we can help make sure that no one will go to bed hungry or have to choose between proper nutrition and medication.  The Jim Moran Foundation partnered with United Way's Project Lifeline because it provided us with the opportunity to help make a direct and immediate impact on those who are hungry and hurting in our community," said Chairman and President Jan Moran of The Jim Moran Foundation.   "My husband would have expected his foundation to be responsive and compassionate in its philanthropy.  With this grant, we are honoring his legacy," she continued.

Project Lifeline is a short term initiative focusing on three major areas: increasing the amount of food available at local food banks; helping families from becoming or remaining homeless; and providing information and assistance through 211 First Call for Help to people who are in need of social services information and referral.
 
"We are incredibly grateful for the generosity and support from The Jim Moran Foundation," said Dr. Jennifer O'Flannery Anderson, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County.  "Organizations like this have the ability to set an example to the rest of the community. The Jim Moran Foundation understands the needs of Broward County and has put their faith in United Way of Broward County to help alleviate hunger."

The total funding from Project Lifeline will provide enough food for an additional 240,000 meals per month (three million meals a year) and increase staff to handle a larger workload. This will be administered through Cross Road Food bank.

About United Way of Broward County

United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization with a mission to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change that positively impacts peoples lives. UWBC is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.unitedwaybroward.org.

About The Jim Moran Foundation

Founded by Jim Moran in 2000, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Boulevard, Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundations significant funders are JM Family Enterprises Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. To learn more about The Foundation visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.

Additional Project Lifeline Contributors

Publix Super Markets Charities, BankAtlantic, Broward College, CHG Healthcare Services, City County Credit Union, City of Pembroke Pines, Comcast, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, First State Bank, Florida State University, Holman Lincoln Mercury, Lou Bachrodt Chevrolet/Mazda, Memorial Healthcare System, Nova Southeastern University, Pack Rat, Power Financial Credit Union, State Farm, Suddath, Sun-Sentinel, Sunbeam Properties and their affiliates at Miramar Office Park and Suntrust.

Additional Food Banks

Big Mama/Team of Life, Broward County Health Department, Broward House, Broward Outreach Center North, Broward Outreach Center South, Broward Partnership for the Homeless Inc., City of Hallandale Beach, Cooperative Feeding Program, Department of Children and Families, EASE Foundation, Gateway Community Outreach, Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church, Human Services Dept., Hope Outreach Center, Inc., Jubilee Center, Liberia Economic and Social Development, Mission for God Disciples, New Life Worship Center, Northwest Health Center, Pentecostal Gospel Temple Ministries, Poverello Center, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Shadowood II, Shepherd's Way, Soref JCC - WECARE Food Bank, St. George Catholic Church and The Pantry of Broward.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Michael Maucker
Manager, PR and Communication
(954) 462-4850, ext. 118
mmaucker@unitedwaybroward.org
www.unitedwaybroward.org