Fighting child hunger one pack at a time

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

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Agent Andrew Van der Brugt is on the move as he packs spaghetti in the weekly Provision Packs.

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.”

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Amy Knox, Tom O’Quinn, Andrew Van der Burgt and Casey Epton Roush (of O’Quinn Insurance Services) host a table at the Provision Packs Kids Fest in early 2020. The event, which has more than 500 attendees, raises money and awareness for families in the community living with food insecurity.

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.

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Every Thursday evening, volunteers gather at the assembly line to fill the packs for approximately 550 families.

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.”

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Andrew Van der Burgt of O’Quinn Insurance and Carrie Torres of Provision Packs work together to fill the packs on a Thursday evening.

Working together

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.”

 

Vote below by sharing or commenting on this story. Your vote gets Provision Packs one step closer to a $10,000 donation, which will help close the child hunger gap in Volusia County, Florida. Visit O’Quinn Insurance and Provision Packs to learn more.

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Andrew v
23 days ago

Great Organization doing great work for kids

Clinton
23 days ago

It’s fantastic to see an agency serving their community in such a positive way. Thank you!!

Robby Hawking
23 days ago

Such an amazing organization…congrats on making more happen!

Jenny H
23 days ago

Awesome work O’Quinn Insurance! Thank you for helping our community through your support of Provision Packs. You can help them win $10,000 too! Simply click the link to their story and share it to social media. #MakeMoreHappen

Shawn Nelson
23 days ago

Such an amazing cause! Thank you for all you do to support the local community!

Steven Mansfield
23 days ago

Thank you for your support of the local community!

Marina Strong
23 days ago

Let’s go Provision Packs!

Samantha Laks
23 days ago

Let’s continue to close that gap!

Jonathan Melan
23 days ago

Let’s go Provision Packs!

JULIE KATZ
23 days ago

What a great Organization!!! This so wonderful to see a fantastic Agency serving their community and Kids in need!!

Danny Gilbert
23 days ago

Amazing organization. Awesome to see what it does for the kids.

Jessica
23 days ago

Awesome Organization! Always in the community and focused on helping others!

Sam Fleuchaus
23 days ago

Thank you for all that you do for our community!

Marina
23 days ago

Thank you Liberty Mutual and SafeCo for making this possible!

Rick Taylor
23 days ago

OQUINN agency always helping others in the community.

Joan Ingersoll
23 days ago

They are very professional and efficient.

Erin O'Quinn
23 days ago

Provision Packs and Carrie Torres are such a blessing to our community! Her passion show in everything she does and we are honored to be a part of such an incredible organization.

Anne S
23 days ago

Great agency – incredibly helpful during our recent move to FL – helping kids is just another great way they show what an amazing company they are! Great work OQuinn Insurance!!!!

Steve Weaver
23 days ago

What a great way to support our community!

Carrie F.
23 days ago

Amazing cause, lets continue to help the community by supporting this organization!

Katherine McCladdie
23 days ago

This is a wonderful effort! I’d love to know how our church community garden can participate.

Nancy K
23 days ago

Thank you for all you do to support our local community!

Blythe
23 days ago

Thank you for the amazing work you are doing in your community.

Karen
23 days ago

This is wonderful grassroots project that has grown from 3 or 4 packs a week to 570 this week. Provision Packs shows how we as community can help each other.

Julie Strongs
23 days ago

Such a worthy cause. No child should go hungry! Thanks Oquinns

Chad Skinner
23 days ago

It is always a joy to support and give a shout out to those who help children and anyone less fortunate. Thank you, O’Quinn Insurance!

Stacie Couch
23 days ago

This is awesome! Congratulations!

Marcy H.
23 days ago

How wonderful that my insurance agency gives back to the community.

Terri H
23 days ago

Great cause! Wishing you luck on continuing good work!

Judy Gilstrap
23 days ago

Thank you all that you do for the children!

Pat Staples
23 days ago

Thank you for supporting our community.

Kay Cyr
23 days ago

Kudos to the O’Quinn Insurance team for their time and contributions to this awesome cause.

Ursula O
23 days ago

Thank you for supporting Provision Packs as they are a great organization!!!

Bryan Barger
23 days ago

What a great effort. So many needs to meet in our cities.

Matt Main
23 days ago

Great job and great agency! Love the positive message and impact for the local community. Thanks for all you do.

Barbara W
23 days ago

Great job O’Quinn Insurance

Roger Roesch
23 days ago

Way to go Andrew and team!!

John P
23 days ago

Critical need and always room for more impactors. What about Flagler County. You have customers there as well.

Robbin
23 days ago

Awesome work!

Melinda
23 days ago

Such a wonderful local organization… and Thank You O’Quinn Agency for your community support!

Michaela
23 days ago

Awesome organization!!

Linda Rocco
23 days ago

Awesome!! Keep up the good work!

Linda Rocco
23 days ago

You have my vote!

Alexis Holzer
23 days ago

Congrats on your award O’Quinn Insurance and thank you for your work to help Provision Packs reach more children with nutritious food. Let’s do this!

Dena Lombardo
23 days ago

Awesome job! Great cause!

Nathalie Sweeney
23 days ago

Great organization and a critical cause!! Feeding our children’s bodies and healing their minds and souls! ☮️☺️

Kerry
23 days ago

Great cause – you have my vote!

Debbie Yarbrough
23 days ago

Thank you for supporting Provision Packs!!!

Brandi Goeddel
23 days ago

What a wonderful organization! Way to make more happen O’Quinn Insurance!

TERRI SHURDOM
23 days ago

I’m so glad that our kids can rely on such a wonderful Organization! 🙂 Thank you for all your do! 🙂

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