TC Food Bank receives additional grant for COVID relief

news release

Treasure Coast Food Bank is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will help to provide food and support to people still recovering from the impacts of COVID-19.

Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank with “big check” from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

With the demand for assistance more than 50 percent higher than before the pandemic, the new $25,000 grant will help Treasure Coast Food Bank provide for people still working to recover.

“Before COVID-19, our community had many people who were just one disaster away from hard times. Although jobs have returned, many people are left with a backlog of bills, and others still face issues preventing them from finding employment,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We’re so thankful to Bank of America for continuing to support our work to help people struggling with hunger.”

The grant is part of Bank of America’s $1.25 billion commitment to COVID-relief.  At Treasure Coast Food Bank, it will help support innovative programs initiated in the wake of COVID-19 to better serve families, seniors and children in the four-county area of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.

“COVID-19 challenged us to find new ways to help people who faced all kinds of struggles in trying to obtain food while keeping themselves and their loved ones safe,” Cruz said. “In response, we developed innovative programs such as home delivery and an Order Ahead program that minimize exposure for vulnerable people. We also have rolled out our Market Fresh on the Move program that will bring nutritious, affordable food to neighborhoods where people lack access now.”

Bank of America has a longstanding partnership with Treasure Coast Food Bank. Last year, it was the signature sponsor of Out Laugh Hunger at the Drive-In, and each year many of its 220 Treasure Coast teammates donate numerous volunteer hours at Treasure Coast Food Bank.

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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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