For Hometown News
TREASURE COAST -- Treasure Coast Food Bank will receive a very important donation from Winn-Dixie's Summer Backpack Hunger Relief Program as they prepare for the upcoming school year and the fight against childhood hunger.
Winn-Dixie launched the program in all stores to help the one out of every five children in Florida who are never sure where their next meal will come from. Customers are encouraged to donate at any store register from now through Aug. 19 to help provide meals for healthy minds and bodies to thrive in the classroom. Every dollar donated will go directly to the 18 regional food banks participating in the program to help fill backpacks with nutritious, fresh foods.
"We are extremely grateful that Winn-Dixie has chosen to partner with our organization on this wonderful initiative again this year," said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO. "As the new school year nears, we're reminded that every child needs to be prepared to learn, and being prepared to learn means making sure they have enough to eat."
Winn-Dixie has a rich history of supporting its neighborhoods and communities through foundation and vendor supported charitable donations and programs. The company's associates don't just work in the stores; they live in these neighborhoods and are passionate about building stronger, healthier communities.
Last year, the program provided the equivalent of about 16,000 meals for Treasure Coast children. Winn-Dixie encourages customers to address the childhood hunger needs in their communities by making donations at store registers as they complete their grocery shopping.
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief agency on the Treasure Coast, providing millions of pounds of food to over 200 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call (772) 489-3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit their Facebook page.