Our preventive care can change the trajectory of lives and the course of families before a situation goes from tough to traumatic.

We provide career workshops, financial literacy workshops, parenting workshops and more for individuals striving to take the next step for their children.

We offer free tax return services, afterschool programs, spiritual mentors and tangible resources like clothing, diapers, household items and food for qualifying families.

We host events like Before the Bus that provide children school supplies, physicals, haircuts as a way to help families and get children excited about the upcoming school year. We even have a Birthday Kit program, where families are provided with all of the trinkets, decorations and ingredients needed to create a memorable birthday party for their child or children.

In 2017, we served 8,254 children and individuals through this program.

We partner with local churches and businesses to meet the distinct needs of children and families in the communities they are located in, working relentlessly to showcase the compassion of Christ in action.

More Than

1.2 Million

There are more than 1.2 million children in Florida – nearly 30 percent of all children – who are part of a low-income working family (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 ). And according to research, it would take 2.6 full-time jobs at minimum wage for a family to afford a two-bedroom unit at fair market rent (“The State of America’s Children”, Children’s Defense Fund, 2017). These are the situations we are swiftly running to with strategic solutions.

Ways to help

Tangible needs for children

To sustain our Compassion Ministries program and provide for families, the following gently-used items are needed every day:

  • Child and adult clothing of all sizes
  • House-hold items (especially kitchen supplies)
  • Toddler beds, pillows and sheets
  • Birthday kits for teens and children to include a cake mix, candles, gift, “happy birthday banner” and party supplies
  • Additionally, our food needs include:
  • 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).
More Than

50,000

services to children and families through Compassion Ministries
More than

2,600

children and families
More Than

98,000

meals through our weekend backpack program

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Donate Supplies

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Volunteer Your Time

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Build a Birthday Kit

Ensure that a child is able to celebrate their life

Help us transform a family before a situation goes from tough to traumatic.

Our Staff

Leon Battle

Executive Director of Child Hunger and Family Support Services

Leon Battle serves as the Executive Director of Child Hunger and Family Support Services, programs that serve families in crisis statewide. He graduated from Southeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in theology and a minor in business. Leon served as a Youth Pastor throughout his college career and accepted a pastoral job in Albany, New York, shortly after graduation.

During his time in Ministry, Leon saw the great amount of 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, institutions and later became the Human Trafficking Specialist for Polk County. While there, Leon helped children get out of abusive homes and also helped rescue children from human trafficking rings. He received multiple recognitions from Governor Rick Scott during his time with DCF. Leon is confident that the job experiences that he has received in the church and in the world will equip him to be an effective director at One More Child.

Leon is currently a part of a church plant in South Tampa called Radiant Church. He is the point person for hospitality and also leads a life group in Lakeland, Florida. He 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 that 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 the 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