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In Brevard County, two out of five children live in households that struggle to put food on the table with 45% of Brevard’s student population receiving free or reduced priced lunches. Concern for Brevard’s children and their access to proper nutrition is exactly what led Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott to create the Vote to End Childhood Hunger Bake Sale 5 years ago.
This year’s Vote to End Child Hunger Bake Sale, held on May 27th, raised $2539.35. As was the tradition started by the Supervisor five years ago, bake sale customers were not charged for their baked goods. Instead, customers “purchased” items by making a donation in the amount of their choosing. “We have such a generous community,” said Supervisor Scott. “I felt that we could raise more money by letting customers donate whatever amount they wished to donate.”
In addition to the baked goods available by donation, the event included 8 themed raffle gift packages, including a Family Summer Fun Gift Package and a Father’s Day Gift Package valued at $565 and $650 respectively. “Through the support of our generous individual and corporate sponsors, we were able to offer some amazing raffle gift packages this year,” said Supervisor Scott. “We had so much fun presenting these wonderful gift packages to our raffle winners.”
Proceeds from this year’s Bake Sale will once again go to support Project Hunger and United Way’s Feed and Read sites. The Feed and Read program will feed more than 1,000 children this summer, provide one-on-one reading mentors and distribute more than 3,000 new books throughout Brevard.
“Through the overwhelming generosity of our community, the bake sale continues to become more successful each year. This year’s proceeds were a 25% increase over last year. My staff and I look forward to presenting Project Hunger with the check for $2539.35,” said Supervisor Scott.