DANIA, Fla., Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite seeming advances on the economic front which are often highlighted in the national media, there is still a dark underside to the regional recovery as evidenced by disturbing statistics about levels of poverty in South Florida. Local entrepreneur Issa Asad is determined to bring awareness to these issues in hopes of preventing what could become a local crisis.
In 2014 the local United Way of Florida released its study of financial hardship. Dubbed the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report, it revealed that an astonishing half of the state's population is barely getting by, even in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe Counties. Compounding the plight, the 2015 Kids Count Data Book, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, found that 24 percent of Florida's children were living below the poverty level in 2013, two percent higher than the national average.
Local businessman and author, Issa Asad, is determined to raise awareness of these issues and provide real-world solutions to these difficult problems. His company, Q Link Wireless, is one of the nation's fastest-growing providers of discount and prepaid wireless services. Q Link supplies low-income individuals and families nationwide with a free phone and free monthly minutes, via the Federal Lifeline Assistance Program.
Asad's dedication to local poverty issues was inspired by a 2014 outreach when he, his family and 25 of his Q Link Wireless employees teamed up with Feeding South Florida to provide 500 families in need with Thanksgiving dinner at New Wine Ministries in Cooper City, Florida. Most dinner recipients lived in the West Broward area. Each family received a 16-pound turkey, stuffing and fresh, local produce.
Feeding South Florida (FSF) is the leading domestic hunger relief organization in South Florida, serving Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward, and Monroe Counties through a network of nonprofit partner agencies that administer food pantries, soup kitchens, group homes, homeless shelters, and other emergency food service programs.
"I have been astonished at the rapid rise of poverty and reliance on emergency food programs since 2010 in the South Florida area," commented Asad. "I learned that Florida is ranked twelfth in the United States for food insecurity and I think that is simply unacceptable. Q Link Wireless is dedicated to giving these people the ability to stay in contact, and I plan to continue promoting this issue and supporting the many worthwhile programs that are doing so much good in our area. Together, we can make a dent in those terrible statistics."
About Issa Asad: Issa Asad is the Owner of Q Link Wireless and CEO of Quadrant Holdings, based in Dania Florida. He has over 18 years of experience in the marketing, technology and telecommunications industries. Author of numerous blogs and four books, including "Instant Profits with Instagram" and "Instant Profits with Alibaba," he is determined to show businesses and organizations how to turn the internet to their advantage. Visit Q Link Wireless to learn more about the Lifeline program. Follow Issa Asad on Facebook or Instagram for further information.
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