TC Food Bank spring online auction raises enough for 180,000 meals

 news release

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s first Spring Online Auction raised more than $23,000, enough to provide more than 180,000 meals for people in need of food.

Clayton and Susan Cook with the artwork they won in the Spring Online Auction

Proceeds from the auction, which wrapped earlier this month, will support Treasure Coast Food Bank’s programs for feeding children and families throughout the summer.

 “Thanks to everyone who took part in our first Spring Online Auction, which will go a long way to help provide food for children and families during summer when it can be difficult for families to make ends meet,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Special thanks go out to this year’s presenting sponsor, Bank of America for supporting our auction.”

Other sponsors of the Spring Online Auction were Paul Jacquin and Sons, UBU Brands, and George E. Warren LLC.

Committee members Sue Dannahower of Fort Pierce and Maureen Pringle of Sebastian helped to collect  a diverse array of more than 70 items donated from local businesses throughout the Treasure Coast, which attracted spirited bidding throughout the 9-day auction. Participants placed “bids to beat hunger” on excursions, artwork and spa packages.

“We’re grateful to the business community and numerous artists who donated wonderful gifts that made this auction possible,” Cruz said. “Our Spring Online Auction really showed the great support the Treasure Coast community has for Treasure Coast Food Bank and our mission to fight hunger and poverty.”

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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