Treasure Coast Food Bank kicks off weeklong ‘Pack the House’


Pack the House from 2019

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Pack the House returns this year with a weeklong event to meet a need that is greater than ever.

This year, the annual Pack-A-Thon will take place at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s new volunteer sorting facility located at 813 South Kings Highway, just south of Orange Avenue in Fort Pierce. Volunteers will have the opportunity to pack holiday meal boxes for families in need. It kicks off on Friday, Oct. 23 and concludes the following Friday, Oct. 30. Treasure Coast Food Bank is pleased to welcome back Wells Fargo as Presenting Sponsor of the 6th Annual Pack the House.

Judith Cruz and Major Milo Thornton with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office

“Pack the House is a tradition that brings the community to Treasure Coast Food Bank for a firsthand experience of what it takes to fight hunger,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “This year, instead of a 24-hour event, we’re spreading it out over a week to ensure the safety of our volunteers and staff by following CDC guidelines for social distancing. We’re also incorporating a virtual Pack the House for people who can’t volunteer. It’s bigger than ever because the need is greater than ever.”

The event will be dedicated to packing 10,000 holiday boxes for people in need – a need that has risen 200 percent because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Morning and afternoon shifts are available each day, allowing a limited number of volunteers to pack the boxes. Temperature checks are required upon arrival, and facemasks must be worn at all times. Registration is required in advance, and to ensure that everyone is able to work while safely distanced, no walk-up registrations will be allowed.

As in past years, the packing comes wrapped in fun with a different theme that volunteers can participate in each day. Themes include a Sports Day, Trivia Day, 70s and 80s Dance Parties, and Halloween costume contest.

Pack the House begins with an 8 a.m. kick-off on Friday, Oct. 23, with local and state dignitaries, event sponsors and first responders. Breakfast will be provided by Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Healthy Harvest Catering. Walmart Supply Chain is the Ceremonial Sponsor, and the American Public Works Association is the Kick-Off Sponsor. Humana is a Supporting Sponsor, and Shift Sponsors are Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and Fort Pierce Utilities Authority.

While the number of in-person participants will be limited, everyone can participate in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Virtual Pack the House by sponsoring a holiday meal box.  A $30 gift will provide a holiday meal box for a family this holiday season.

To participate in person, make a donation, or to become a Pack the House sponsor, visit

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, visit our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at

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