68,000 people in Leon County, with 1 in 3 kids, are facing food insecurity, according to feeding America, meaning these individuals do not know where their next meal will come from. Local roofing contractor, Tadlock Roofing, is celebrating its fifth consecutive year sponsoring the Amos P. Godby High School Food Pantry which feeds roughly 25 families throughout the entire school year.
“Now, more than ever, food insecurity is an issue in our community,” says Rocky Hanna, Leon County Schools Superintendent. “It’s through the generosity of local business owners like Tadlock Roofing, that our schools are able to provide an additional layer of support to our most vulnerable students.”
The financial commitment Tadlock Roofing has made with Amos. P Godby High School aids the school in properly stocking its food pantry with non-perishable food items that the students, with the most need, can visit on a regular basis to ensure they do not go without proper nutrition. The high school is located in a designated food desert, meaning there is a limited number of food retailers providing fresh produce and healthy groceries for affordable prices within the area.
“Having the energy to take on the day, learn and succeed, requires proper nutrition,” says Dale Tadlock, Founder/CEO of Tadlock Roofing. “Sponsoring the Godby High School food pantry provides these children access to a basic need that greatly impacts their day-to-day. We strive to make a difference in our community and there’s no better place to start than with children.”
According to the Leon County School District, the high school has been collecting food for the past six years for their pantry, which takes about $4,000 to run each year. The pantry feeds roughly 25 families throughout a school year who would likely go without on the weekends. For more information about ways to donate to Amos P. Godby High School’s Food Pantry, contact Principal Desmond Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 617-4700.