Summer means hunger for thousands of kids who rely on meals from their school cafeterias, and this year with the cost of food, gas and housing continuing to rise, Treasure Coast Food Bank anticipates more families needing help.
The Summer Hunger Online Auction, which opens May 27 will support programs for the community’s most vulnerable, including the Summer Meals program that serves thousands of children across the Treasure Coast when school cafeterias are closed.
“Summer is one of the most difficult times of the year for families who struggle to make ends meet,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “We expect to see more families seeking help this year, and our Summer Hunger Auction is a way for the community to support our programs at a time when they’re needed most.”
More than 100 items have been donated for the auction, including theme park passes, entertainment tickets, restaurant gift cards, art and more.
Place a bid on a set of 4 Disney one-day Park Hopper passes, tickets to The Rapids Water Park, or admission to Zoo Miami, Zoo Tampa, or Dinosaur World. If golf is more your theme, there are several opportunities to bid on foursomes for rounds of play at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Sandridge Golf Club in Vero Beach, or the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course.
Art lovers will find several pieces available from area artists. Check out piece featuring a yellowtail snapper by Pat Sievers who uses the Japanese art form called Gyotaku to create his fish prints. There’s also an original A.E. Backus certified numbered print titled ‘Dawn’s First Light.’
Other highlights are:
Pampering gifts – A Drift Away Signature Facial from Drift Away Massage & Spa, Private Halotherapy Sessions at Salt Vero, and sessions in the Salt Room at Salt of the Earth Spa in Stuart.
Kid gifts – A kid-sized Yamaha Raptor 700r ride-on ATV and the opportunity to be Sheriff for the Day with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department.
Taste of St. Lucie County – Gift cards from some of the best restaurants in St. Lucie County, including Meating Street Seafood & Steakhouse, 12A Buoy Seafood Restaurant, Bonefish Mac’s, and 2nd Street Bistro
Summer Crush – A wine tasting for 4 at Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery with 4 tickets to a Summer Crush concert or event of your choice.
Boating & Brunch – Two tickets for a pontoon boat tour of the Indian River Lagoon followed by brunch at Vero Beach’s Citron Bistro.
Big Dinner – Dinner for 10 at local hot spot Kyle G’s Prime Seafood in Jensen Beach
Bidding begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 27th and ends at 11 p.m. on Monday, June 6. See all the available items and register to bid at www.stophunger.org/auction. Anyone wanting to donate an item to the auction may contact Alexandra Lord at 772-446-1765 or email@example.com.
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.