Current Community Focus: Fighting Poverty in Northern Pinellas

The Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin is fighting poverty through a multipronged approach that includes combating food insecurity and a commitment to literacy at our partner Title I schools. JLCD’s Community Impact Committee works to provide 60 food insecure children with food through our Pack-A-Snack program so that those children have meals over the weekend and over school breaks throughout the school year. Our Holiday Relief Program consists of bringing a sense of normalcy to these children and their families by providing meals and gifts for children. During the last two school years, JLCD donated over 1,540 books and hosted literacy events with students at Tarpon Springs and Sandy Lane Elementary Schools. These donated books help grow the home libraries of multiple students as added encouragement to read more frequently with their families.

For the next 3-5 years JLCD has committed to studying, researching, raising awareness & funds, talking with community leaders, and providing food, support and programming to help children struggling with food insecurity & poverty related issues.