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TREASURE COAST -- Marking its 25th year in the fight against hunger, Treasure Coast Food Bank launches the annual Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food Drive this month, an effort to ensure that all families in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties enjoy holiday meals.
"We're so grateful that we live in such a giving community," said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO. "While many families have recovered from the Great Recession, we know many who continue to struggle to put food on the table. For them, a holiday meal is a luxury."
From now until the end of the year, Treasure Coast Food Bank experiences its busiest time as the area's soup kitchens and food pantries work to ensure that everyone gets to enjoy holiday meals. Everyone is encouraged to get involved by hosting a food drive, donating a turkey, or making a cash donation.
"If you and your family are seeing brighter days, please consider sharing your time or resources to help someone else enjoy brighter holidays," Ms. Cruz said. "Also, involving your children in a food drive is a great way to help them learn about volunteering and compassion."
Neighbors, church groups, school friends or business colleagues can join in organizing a food drive. Visit stophunger.org and click the "conduct a food drive" tab in the Action Center for a Food and Fund Drive kit.
Businesses throughout the Treasure Coast are offering their sites as food drop-off locations, including eight St. Lucie Battery & Tire locations. Visit stophunger.org or call Treasure Coast Food Bank to find the place closest to you to deliver non-perishable items. A convenient way to give is through the Virtual Food Drive online where each dollar donated to Treasure Coast Food Bank provides seven meals to feed those in need.
On Nov. 16, Treasure Coast Food Bank will be out with refrigerated trucks to collect frozen turkeys so everyone has a chance to participate in the American tradition of Thanksgiving. But a food drive doesn't have to focus only on the holiday meal. Other most-wanted items are cereal, tuna, beans, rice, macaroni and cheese, pasta, peanut butter, canned meats, canned stew, pot-top food items, laundry detergent, and diapers.
For more information or to register your food drive, contact Casey Gaban, Treasure Coast Food Bank's Community Relations Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (772) 489-3034.