Community Grant to Lutheran Social Services

In continuing effort to support Veterans, their families and the communities in which they live, The American Legion Department of Florida is proud to announce a Community Grant to Lutheran Social Services on behalf of American Legion Jacksonville Post 197 for $5,000.00.

This grant was awarded at the Annual State Convention of the Florida American Legion in June. The Grant is in support of the “Backpack Program.” This program provides food to low-income children when free school meals are not available. Hunger is detrimental to a child’s physical and emotional health, and puts them at a disadvantage in the classroom, making it a community need.

Post 197 is located in zip code 32209, an area of town were the lowest family income rates can be found. More than 80% of the students attending the four elementary schools, 3 middle schools and 2 High Schools within 2 miles of the Post are on free or reduced lunch. Many of these students come home after school to a single parent or no parents.

The Presentation will be Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10am at Lutheran Social Services, 4515 Philips Highway, in Jacksonville.

Contact:  Michael Clark, Post Commander (904) 378-8224
Anna Matthews, Post Activities Director (904) 228-5672
Heather Vaughan, Director of Human Services, (904) 739-7016