Treasure Coast Food Bank seeking partners to expand 2019 Summer Meals Program

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James Cowger, age 8, enjoys broccoli bite as part of lunch provided by TC Food Bank’s Summer Meals program.

Treasure Coast Food Bank is seeking partners to expand its 2019 Summer Meals Program across the Treasure Coast. The program provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks to children once schools close for the summer and access to school cafeterias no longer is available. It lets kids be kids without worry about where their next meal will come from.

More than 46,000 students in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties are eligible for free and reduced price meals at school, and once schools close for summer, families who don’t always have enough food to eat can struggle to provide the additional meals.

Through the Summer Meals program, kids have access to healthy, nutritious food in locations near their homes. Treasure Coast Food Bank partners with social service agencies, faith-based organizations, summer camps and others to provide easy access for kids throughout the Treasure Coast.

Typically the meals include fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, hand-made salads, and fresh cut fruits and vegetables. All the meals are made daily in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food Production Plant.

With the opening of the new facility, Treasure Coast Food Bank has set a goal of doubling the number of summer feeding sites. To become a Summer Meals site, you must be able to:

·         Distribute the pre-made meals to children

·         Provide a sheltered, supervised area for eating

·         Conduct outreach to encourage kids to come to your site

·         Attend training through Treasure Coast Food Bank

·         Keep daily records of meals served

For more information, please visit stophunger.org/sfsp or contact Homer Gutierrez, Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Senior Director of Program Service athgutierrez@tcfoodbank.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.

Photos attached IDS:

1) James Cowger, age 8, enjoys a broccoli bite as part of lunch provided by Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals program

2) Alexa Bailey, age 5, eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a lunch provided by Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals program.

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