For some families who struggle to make ends meet, the sights and sounds of the holidays are a source of stress instead of joy. But Treasure Coast Food Bank wants to make sure no one stresses over food this season.
The Great Treasure Coast Holiday Food and Fund Drive begins this month so everyone can enjoy traditional holiday dinners as well as stress-free meals throughout the holiday season, and Treasure Coast Food Bank is asking everyone to remember their neighbors in need at home.
“We see people every week who are working full-time on the Treasure Coast but still struggling to make ends meet,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We feed seniors whose fixed incomes just don’t allow for holiday extras. We’ll be working to ensure that everyone enjoys a holiday dinner and healthy, stress-free meals throughout the season.”
The season calls for holiday foods such as canned yams, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, but Treasure Coast Food Bank always needs pantry staples, such as peanut butter, pasta, low-sodium canned vegetables, shelf-stable milk, canned meats, beans, and low-sugar cereals.
There are several ways to get involved: Organize a food drive in your neighborhood or office, participate in a virtual food drive with a cash donation, or plan to donate a turkey during Treasure Coast Food Bank’s annual Turkey Drop. Turkey Drop takes place on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The Thanksgiving tradition of a turkey dinner is part of our American culture, so we try to supply as many turkeys as we can to our partner agencies and families in need,” Cruz said. “We appreciate everyone who helps us make this happen each year by donating turkeys at our Turkey Drop.”
On Turkey Drop Saturday, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s refrigerated trucks will be stationed at several drop-off locations throughout the Treasure Coast where people can donate an uncooked, frozen turkey. Look for the trucks to donate a turkey at the following locations:
Walking Tree Brewery – 3209 Dodger Road, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Winn Dixie Sebastian, 995 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian, FL 32958
Treasure Coast Food Bank also seeks volunteers to help collect turkeys on Turkey Drop Saturday. For more information about volunteering, organizing a food drive or making a donation visit the Ways to Help tab at stophunger.org.
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.