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FORT PIERCE -- A grant from the grocery store Sav-A-Lot for $10,000 provided fresh food for more than 100 families on March 25 in downtown Fort Pierce.
The mobile pantry was held at the same time as the Treasure Coast Food Bank celebrated its anniversary of serving the needs of the community with its storefront Your Plate.
"Sav-A-Lot's long history of being a neighborhood grocery store starts with our commitment to the community we serve," said Ritchie Casteel, president and CEO of Sav-A-Lot. "By partnering with Feeding America and its network of food banks like Treasure Coast Food Bank or the mobile pantry program, we are able to reduce some of the stress and barriers associated with accessing fresh, quality meals on a consistent basis."
Vouchers were handed out to families that are currently using a local pantry to help with the food budget.
Once they arrived, they were shown some of the many programs that Your Plate provides.
"We know that people who struggle to put food on the table often don't have the resources to provide healthy and fresh food for their families," said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO. "This grant will ensure that the families have fresh meat, fruits and vegetables through the mobile pantry. By pairing it with the Your Plate open house, the families have the opportunity to learn about programs that offer long-term solutions to hunger as well."
Ryan Bennett, the district manager for Sav-A-Lot, was on hand helping the community at the mobile pantry, along with seven store managers and 10 associates.
"We're here to help make a difference," he said.
The food bank is planning on sending the mobile pantry to other areas in Port St. Lucie, as well as Okeechobee, Martin and Indian River counties.
For more information on the Treasure Coast Food Bank, go to www.stophunger.org.