State Policy Network SPN News Florida Updates September/October 2015 (Page 11)

More than 114,900 people live in poverty in the Big Bend area where The James Madison Institute headquarters is located. Of those, 29,400 are children. Summer is a critical time for children who depend on free or reduced-price school lunches. When school is out, many of these children do not have a reliable source of food. More than 280 volunteers, including JMI staff and interns, gathered to assemble 60,000+ meals to deliver to families across the Big Bend area in an event called “A Full Summer.” The 2015 legislative session in Florida was certainly unique. The biggest win was the successful blockage of Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare with the help of JMI and others. The Institute recounts its policy priorities and progress in a wrap-up, which can be read here (pdf version).