Pack The House helps Treasure Coast Food Bank prepare holiday meals for those in need

NEWS RELEASE

2017 Pack The House final shift of volunteers

Treasure Coast Food Bank welcomes the community back to its warehouse for its fourth annual 24-hour sorting and packing event from Friday, Oct. 26 to Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

This year, Pack The House is presented by Wells Fargo, and the focus is on preparing for the holidays by helping to pack 10,000 holiday meal boxes for those in need on the Treasure Coast.

“The holidays are just around the corner, and we’ll be packing holiday meal boxes that help ensure that those struggling with hunger won’t miss out on celebrating,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO. “We’re extremely grateful to Wells Fargo, this year’s presenting sponsor, and we look forward to seeing Wells Fargo volunteers and everyone who comes out for Pack The House. We can’t do it without you.”

Marking its 30th year in service to those struggling with hunger, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides meals for 100,000 individuals each week. During the holiday season, that number rises with requests for help with holiday meals.

Pack The House presented by Wells Fargo kicks off with an opening ceremony and lunch on Friday, Oct. 26th at noon. The lunch will be provided by Healthy Harvest Catering, a program of Treasure Coast Food Bank. Keeping with the tradition that began four years ago, the ceremony will include a tribute to first responders and a moment of silence for the victims of 911. The event wraps 24 hours later with the final count of meals prepared during the event.

More than 500 volunteers are expected to help sort and pack holiday meals and food for other Treasure Coast Food Bank programs during the event at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s headquarters, 401 Angle Road in Fort Pierce. Volunteer spots still are available. Come with a group, or meet new friends while helping during one of the three-hour shifts. To sign up, please visit stophunger.org/volunteer.

Many other businesses help support the event. Ceremonial sponsor is Walmart Distribution Center #7038. Shift sponsors are: American Public Works Association, Bank of America, CAPTEC Engineering, Inc., Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Healthy Harvest Catering, Martin Health System, and Southern Eagle Distributing. For more information about volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, visit stophunger.org/events.

In addition, several businesses will be providing food, entertainment and other services throughout the 24-hours.  Thanks to Costa Azul Mexican Restaurant, Dixie Cream Donuts, Dunkin’ Donuts, Healthy Harvest Catering, Moonswiners Bar-B-Q, Pappy’s Pizza, Pepsico/Tropicana and Starbuck’s, volunteers will eat well no matter when they’re helping.

The event also includes music by DJ Elextra and Karaoke, complements of Top Clown Karaoke, and raffle prizes. DragonFly Graphics and Sunbelt Rentals also have provided services for the event.

ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.

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