Feeding South Florida Receives $200,000 Grant From The Jim Moran Foundation at 3rd Annual Community Breakfast

Friday, February 11, 2011

Event Focused on Bringing Community Leaders Together to Fight Hunger in South Florida

(Left to right) Feeding South Florida Director of Development Anthea Pennant, President of the Board of Feeding South Florida Maria Millares, Board of Director of The Jim Moran Foundation Lucia Lopez, and Feeding South Florida Executive Director Judith Gatti.

Pembroke Park, Fla. - On Friday, January 28, Feeding South Florida (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) teamed up with community leaders, elected officials, school board members, and representatives of Feeding South Floridas network of not-for-profit organizations in an effort to mobilize the South Florida community to Fight Hunger and Feed Hope in the new year.

During the event, representatives from The Jim Moran Foundation presented Feeding South Florida with a check in the amount of $200,000. This grant will support the Purchased Food Program, the Wholesale Food Club Program and General Operations at Feeding South Florida. In total, The Foundation has provided Feeding South Florida more than $340,000 since 2003.

"My husband, Jim, created his Foundation to be responsive to the immediate and ever-changing needs of our community," said Jan Moran, chairman and president, The Jim Moran Foundation. "It is our privilege to support Feeding South Florida in their extraordinary efforts to help thousands of individuals and families facing hunger every day."

Feeding South Florida celebrated The Jim Moran Foundation with a proclamation requested by Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness and signed by Mayor Sue Gunzburger, naming Friday, January 28 as The Jim Moran Foundation Appreciation Day. Feeding South Florida also recognized exemplary volunteers and agency members with gold medals, commending them for their service to the South Florida community.

"Our community leaders are integral to helping us in the fight against hunger," said Judith Gatti, executive director of Feeding South Florida. "The Community Breakfast provides an excellent forum where we can develop more ways to get local residents involved in helping the many South Floridians who suffer from food insecurity. This gift from The Jim Moran Foundation could not come at a better time to help us increase the number of food insecure clients we are able to serve."

About Feeding South Florida

Feeding South Florida (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) is a not-for-profit organization that empowers other South Florida not-for-profit organizations to assist people in need and improve their lives. Feeding South Florida does this by providing food and other grocery products; and by educating and engaging our community to fight hunger and poverty. Through a local network of 800 other not-for-profit organizations, Feeding South Florida strives to serve children, the elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, veterans and the working poor with compassion and integrity. Feeding South Florida is a member of Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity and the largest food bank in the state of Florida. Over 24 million pounds of food is distributed within the community by Feeding South Florida each year. Feeding South Floridas headquarters is located at 2501 SW 32 Terrace, Pembroke Park, FL, 33023. For more information, please call (954) 518-1818 or visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org.

About The Jim Moran Foundation

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, 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. The Foundation has invested more than $20 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.

Media Contacts:

Anthea Pennant, Director of Development
954-518-1832 / apennant@feedingsouthflorida.org

Ilisa Finkelman, Senior Communications and Grants Manager
954-363-5550 / ilisa.finkelman@jimmoranfoundation.org