Joseph Dreamhouse has been serving the community since 2013, and officially became a 501(c) (3) in 2015. Over the years, JDH has helped over 50,000 families going through food insecurity by providing them with a balance nutritious meal. JDH has extended its heart of compassion and hand to families in other countries that have suffered natural disaster as recently as Puerto Rico. Joseph Dreamhouse has sent over 40,000 pounds to countries like Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Haiti, Chile and Jamaica to name a few. JDH chooses to fight hunger with our hearts, by making sure families that come to us leave with their respect and dignity.
Hunger knows no age, color, gender, religion or nationality. Here is the reality there are 240,190 children that go to bed hungry every single night; while in Broward County there is 269,620 suffering from food insecurity.
Hunger is quite real and prideful! Those who suffer from food insecurity the most are not the homeless as one may think; but lower income families, the elderly and immigrants. Fear, paranoia and embarrassment cripple individuals from seeking food. Those needing food fear judgment because they are employed doing several jobs to generate income to survive and they think that people will ask them “why are you here?” when you have a job/jobs.
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/ President 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.
Dedicated to assisting low income families struggling to put food on the table. Ensuring that they can have a well balance nutritious meal. That their children can have food when they get home from school.
We understand that these are moments of lack of money and food is a temporary transition for many of the families we support. It is a period in their lives where they need our support and kindness; without fear of judgement for being part of the working poor.
We truly care about the families we service. We are determined to do our best to address and provide them the help they may need beyond our food distribution.