O’Quinn Insurance and Provision Packs work together in Volusia County, Florida, to close the child hunger gap. They reached their goal of 500 votes and doubled their donation to reach $10,000!
Imagine trying to learn a new math concept or read a book when all you can think about is how hungry you are. This is the reality for millions of children across America who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. School lunch programs help alleviate hunger during school hours – but what about weekends and extended school breaks?
That’s where Provision Packs comes in, closing the childhood hunger gap in Volusia County, Florida, since 2015. With the help of community donors and volunteers, Provision Packs distributes approximately 17,000 meals to 550 elementary school children every week.
“We want to give back to the community that has given so much to us.”
– Andrew Van der Brugt, principal and manager at O’Quinn Insurance
Impacting the community directly
For the O’Quinn Insurance team, working alongside Provision Packs is another great way they can give back to their community. “Provision Packs is local to all of our staff and clients,” said Andrew Van der Burgt, principal and manager at O’Quinn Insurance. “We want to give back to the community that has given so much to us.”
O’Quinn Insurance employees volunteer weekly to help fill the packs and distribute them to schools. They also participate in Provision Packs’ four major fundraisers throughout the year, setting up a community tent with a food or beverage giveaway and information about the agency.
A need that keeps on growing
The pandemic’s impact on the hunger gap was huge, making Provision Packs even more important in these children’s lives. As the service industry shut down, many parents in Volusia County were left without a stable income and school closures made childcare and meals even harder to come by.
“O’Quinn Insurance has been a true partner in helping close the hunger gap in our community.”
– Carrie Torres, founder of Provision Packs
Provision Packs quickly pivoted and organized a pick-up program at local schools so families could still get the meals they needed while children learned from home. “It’s up to all of us to make sure children have what they need to thrive,” said Provision Packs Founder Carrie Torres. “O’Quinn Insurance understands this responsibility and has been a true partner in helping close the hunger gap in our community.”
If awarded $10,000, Provision Packs would designate the money toward its fresh fruit and vegetable fund. The fund supplies each child with a fresh fruit or vegetable, introducing some children to these nutritious foods for the very first time. “Childhood hunger feels big,” said Torres. “But together we can fight it … one pack at a time.”
What an inspiring community outreach by an amazing company
Thank you for everything you do for your community in Volusia County. We do a similar thing in our community but it is on a little smaller scale. I love seeing people giving back and giving their time to feed God’s Children.
A great cause!
Great organization that helps a lot of kids!
I volunteer at this organization and hear about the impact Provision Packs food bags have on the children. This program deserves all ofour support.
Every pack makes a difference!
Packs for the win!
Feed the kids!!!
We love provision packs! Amazing cause
Yessss love it
What an amazing thing you are doing for the community!!!
My cousin is very involved in this organization. Go Lara and the rest of the PP team!
This is a great organization that really cares about kids.
Love this organization.
Refreshing to hear about an insurance agency doing something that is so needed. Thank you all.
A great organization and great mission!
Hunger hurts. Good Job!
Love this program!
Carrie Torres is the real deal!
Couldn’t pick a better organization to donate to!
Amazing organization! Thank you so much for all that you do!!!
We’re fortunate to have such involved people working together to address our local needs.
Thank you for the incredible work you do!!!
Thank you for all you do!
These guys are amazing-I am fortunate enough to have helped bag food!
Can’t think of a more worthy cause and organization to support. Amazing!
Thanks, Provision Packs, for all you do!
Great way to help your community
They’re killing it!
PROVISION PACKS IS THE BEST!!!
Thanks for supporting the community
Great to see!
Such an amazing organization started & maintained by an amazing woman!
A good and worthy cause!
Provision Pack is doing great work in the community. What a blessing in the Daytona Beach area. Keep doing the amazing job you all doing.
Excellent work! Thank you for all you do.
Provision Packs is a staple to our community. My daughter and I have been active volunteers for a couple of years. Let’s close the gap!
Provision Packs is a great organization that helps kids & families
My favorite local charity, doing great things for our future generation!
Awesome! Provision Packs is an incredible organization with a phenomenal leader in Mrs. Carrie Torres!
Let’s get the vote out!
O’Quinn Insurance does many great things for our community. Provision Packs is blessed by this partnership
I love volunteering.
We are so grateful for this amazing partnership.