Fighting Hunger With Our Hearts! ~Matthew 25:35
Joseph Dreamhouse Project is a Christian community based organization committed to help fight poverty in America. It is a private not-for-profit organization established to provide food for families that are suffering from food insecurity. The corporate activities include, but are not limited to, building a strategic plan for coordinated efforts to develop strong community-based programs. JDHCDC, has a shared understanding of the underlying challenges facing a socially and economically disadvantaged community and has put into action programs and services to help eradicate hunger and poverty.
Hunger has no race, age or gender. Hunger affects so many families at unforeseen times. Especially those living on minimum wage, fixed income and paycheck to paycheck. Hunger can occur when a person gets an unexpected bill, an emergency medical situation or just not having enough money to survive. Florida is the 12th state in United States ranked for food insecurity. Over 785,000 South Floridians suffer from food insecurity. One out of four (over 280,000) children got to bed hungry in South Florida. One out of seven (over 150,000) elderly people struggle with food insecurity. One out of seven households (130,000) has a working family member facing the difficult challenge of making a tough choice of food on the table or a place to live or even keeping utilities current.
Food insecurity does not necessarily mean homelessness. Homeless individuals are only compromise of three percent of people who are food insecure. The 97% of people who are food insecure are elderly and the working poor. Individuals that are food insecure are not necessarily without food all the time; but instead are faced with heart breaking choices of basic needs (food, medicine, electricity, water, or rent).
The cycle of hunger and poverty go hand in hand. When low-income families struggle to buy food due to a lack of inadequate income, they most certainly cannot purchase food that are full of nutrition. A lack of proper nutrient density foods does not allow individuals to remain healthy. With limited resource of funding in the household means more inexpensive low nutrient density foods will be purchased if any food at all. Low nutrition does not allow an adult to work at their full potential. Children who do not have enough nutrition tend to have behavior issues, and cannot concentrate to fully learn what they are being taught in school causing them not to be able to do their classwork as well as homework.
The Founder/ CEO Fran Glover, is a classically trained chef that has studied nutrition, food preparation and is certified in food safety. This education has given her the tools to help children and adults eliminate the low nutrient density food choices that have consumed their lifestyles. The lack of nutrition and knowledge has led to a spike in obesity increased health issues and poor eating habits. Through JDHCDC, Chef Fran will introduce the youth and adults to make healthier alternative food choices; by hosting food tastings, cooking demonstrations designed to help consumers make informed choices about the foods they purchase. Foods that are heart healthy from the “American Heart Association” being the key focus. Chef Fran, currently aids families in making selected choices based on their dietary needs by incorporating more fresh organic foods and lean meats to their diet by introducing clean eating which will help them remain healthy and live longer.