By Dawn Krebs
FORT PIERCE -- A year ago, the Treasure Coast Food Bank took another step towards making sure the people living in the community have food to eat when they open the doors to Your Plate.
Since then, the organization has used the storefront in Fort Pierce to bring educational food and other programs to the residents.
"I'm excited to be here," said Karla Cantu, the vice president of programs and initiatives for Treasure Coast Food Bank. "We're here meeting a need."
The programs offered at the facility include SNAP outreach and benefit assistance, nutrition education, senior programs, children and family programs and other outreaches involving local nonprofit groups.
On March 21, the program celebrated its year anniversary by inviting a number of local businesses and nonprofits to share their information with local residents.
Save-A-Lot brought a mobile pantry, and a $10,000 grant provided from the company enabled volunteer managers and employees from area stores to hand out fruit, vegetables and other foods to residents.
Inside Your Plate, there were cooking demonstrations, nutrition information, a yoga demonstration and other wellness activities. Residents who came for the mobile pantry also came through the store, picking up information and asking nutritional questions.
"This was a great opportunity to raise awareness," said Ms. Cantu. "It's all about removing barriers for people to understand how to eat healthy."
Going into their second year, the organization will be continuing with its veteran programs, migrant outreach services, senior nutritional programs and other client services.
"We hope this facility will be eventually duplicated, and the programs here will be offered to everyone in our area," Ms. Cantu said.
For more information or for volunteering opportunities, call (772) 464-9617 or go online to stophunger.org.