We start with the basics so we can build relationships and focus on the essentials.

In 2018, we were blessed to provide more than 7.4 million meals to children and individuals. We are constantly developing new methods to meet the urgent needs of hungry children and individuals, which allows us to provide hope and develop relationships that open the door to making an eternal impact. In 2019, our goal is 8 million meals, a lofty number that we are counting on you to help us meet, to help one more child domestically and globally.

Ways to Help

We're feeding children in Florida and around the world.

Backpack Program

Our Backpack Program is expected to provide more than 1,200,000 meals to students in local schools in 2019, ensuring children and their families do not go hungry on the weekend. We pack nutritious food into non-descript backpacks and deliver them to schools to get them in the hands of kids who need them most.

Compassion Ministries

We provide fresh produce, boxed goods, canned goods, milk, juice and more to working-class individuals and families who need assistance to ensure their children are fed healthy, energizing food.

Global Feeding Programs

In Africa, Europe and Central America we provided more than 1.8 million meals to children. We are always looking to grow that number by feeding more children at our existing ministry sites and evaluating other potential partners who can help us get life-changing food to hungry children and their families.

Child Sponsorship

Through child sponsorship we provide life-changing food to children and in many countries we also provide monthly food baskets to help feed their families! Sponsor a child today to personally ensure they have food on their table, as well as many other needs met.

Summer Programs

Through Summer Breakspot and other educational programs we provide meals to children each summer.

Tangible needs for children

To sustain our Child Hunger and Family Support Services to provide for families, the following gently-used items are needed every day:

Become a Food & Supplies Partner
  • Birthday kits for teens and children to include a cake mix, candles, gift, “happy birthday banner” and party supplies
  • Healthy, yet kid-approved, cereals (i.e. Honey Nut Cheerios)
  • Fruits to include apples, Cuties, peaches and bananas
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Sliced bread and English muffins (wheat)
  • Yogurt
  • Canned meats (to include tuna, chicken, etc)

In Florida, 1 in 4 children struggles with hunger.

Worldwide, an estimated 5.6 million children worldwide died before their fifth birthday. When we meet the needs of hungry children and individuals we not only provide hope, we save lives.

Our goal in 2019 is provide at least 8 million meals and we cannot do it without your help.

Meet Our Team

Leon Battle

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Leon Battle serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. He leads our efforts to connect people, businesses and churches with unique opportunities to do what they do best and are passionate about to help us serve more children and families. 

Previously, he was the Executive Director of Child Hunger and Family Support Services at FBCH + One More Child.

Leon graduated from Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in theology and a minor in business, he continued on to earn his master’s degree in human services, and is in the process of completing his doctorate and is writing his dissertation on Gospel-centered feeding programs. 

Leon served as a youth pastor throughout college and soon after accepted a pastoral job in Albany, New York. During his time in ministry, Leon saw the immense trauma that families were being confronted with and desired to get a deeper look into the dependency system. He changed career paths and started working for the Department of Children and Families (DCF). During his time with the department, he investigated abuse within families and institutions, and he later became a human trafficking specialist. Leon helped children get out of abusive homes and helped rescue children from human trafficking rings. He received multiple recognitions from Governor Rick Scott during his time with DCF.

Leon is very involved in his community. He recently graduated from Leadership Lakeland and has been named the chair for human services for the program. He serves as the vice chair of the board of Tri-County Human Services which provides in-patient, outpatient, and residential care for individuals getting help with addiction and mental health issues. Leon also serves on the advisory board of the social work department at Southeastern University.

Leon helped Aaron Burke launch Radiant Church in South Tampa. In five years, the church has reached more than 5,000 people and is consistently growing and impacting the city of Tampa.

Leon has a deep passion for intervention. He desires to see Christ’s love and restoration brought to families during their times of hurt and crisis. Leon believes the local church is the greatest asset for families in need and desires to empower the local church to step into the call of Christ, which is to help the widow, the orphan and hurting families in their time of need.

To contact Leon Battle:
P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, FL 33802
1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815

Contact Leon

Phone: 863.687.8811

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Ensure that a child is able to celebrate their life

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