We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all those who showed their support for the Love A Kid Luncheon. This event provided a unique opportunity for the community in Brevard County to witness firsthand the impactful work being done by The Children’s Hunger Project (TCHP) to improve the lives of our most vulnerable young citizens. The core mission of TCHP is to ensure that elementary school students have access to food over the weekends by providing them with nutritious food packages. Our dedicated team is tirelessly working to feed 4,300 students across 60 local elementary schools, ensuring that no child goes hungry during weekends or school breaks. Since 2010, The Children’s Hunger Project has been steadfast in its commitment to providing food assistance to children in need. Thank you for joining us in this important cause and for making a difference in the lives of these children.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone at St. John the Evangelist Church for hosting this event, and to Fr. John Britto, Pastor for leading the Invocation.

Thanks to Summit and Monica Shah of Marker 99, and to Chef Andres for the wonderful food! Thank you to Dessert Sponsor, Karen Montas, past board chair and current community advisory board member, and to the Melbourne High School Culinary Arts Program for creating the beautiful custom-made chocolate cupcakes with strawberry mascarpone cheese frosting topped with a chocolate covered strawberry!

Many thanks to TCHP board member, Shana Marshall for our beautiful floral centerpieces.

It is because of all the generous support of luncheon donors that the entire cost of the event was covered. Every dollar contributed at the luncheon goes directly to feed hungry children locally.

The heartfelt song performed by the Children’s Choir from Croton Elementary with teacher Mary Jackson, and Sabal Elementary with teacher Eliza Wetzel, was a tribute to all kids in the county at risk of hunger. We are serving nearly 100 children at these two schools.

Andrew Cox, a 6th grade student at University Park Elementary School shared his story of the importance of the food packages in his family’s life at a crucial time.

Deep appreciation goes out to Ana Diaz, Principal, University Park Elementary School, who shared her story of lifting up two children whose family went through a series of unplanned setbacks and relied on TCHP food packages. Once Ana stepped in to help, they became “kids helping other kids” by organizing and passing out the food packages. They are older now, and their family unit with their mother is intact. They are thriving academically, socially, and emotionally.

Our dedicated volunteers continue to prepare and pack all of the food, and ensure it is transported to the schools. We work closely with Brevard Public Schools to guarantee that the children we feed receive adequate nutrition. We are grateful for the support of area businesses, civic groups, and community leaders who volunteer, sponsor, raise funds, and promote awareness to help us feed more children.

With your help, we ensure that students return to school on Monday with a better and healthier basis on which to learn.

Thanks to TCHP board and community advisory board members, TCHP staff, and everyone who worked diligently to ensure the success of this event!