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April 6, 2015

WEEK TWO OF ACTION: GIVE FOOD

by PBUnitedWay
Palm Beach Empty Your Pantry Food Drive

It’s about that time for our northerners to start heading home for the summer. As the packing begins and you start cleaning out your pantries, please consider taking part in our 3rd Annual “Empty Your Pantry Food Drive”. The food drive is a partnership with The Palm Beach Daily News, Palm Beach Fire Rescue, and The Town of Palm Beach United Way.

To participate, please drop off nonperishable food from April 6-27 to the following locations:

Palm Beach Daily News:   400 Royal Palm Way, Suite 100

Town of Palm Beach United Way: 44 Cocoanut Row, M201

Palm Beach Fire Rescue North Station: 300 North County Road

Palm Beach Fire Rescue Central Station: 355 South County Road

Palm Beach Fire Rescue South Station: 2185 South Ocean Boulevard.

This year’s food donations will benefit Palm Beach County Food Bank and CROS Ministries.

Last year’s 2014 food drive distributed over 2,075 pounds of nonperishable food and raised nearly $3,000 for the two recipient agencies: Adopt-a-Family and Feeding South Florida.

FACT:

In Palm Beach County 15.4% of the county population is food insecure. That means that 203,520 people have limited food sources and do not know where their next meal will come from.

FACT:

23.6% of the county’s children are food insecure, posing health and development problems. Children who are food insecure are more likely to be hospitalized and may be at a higher risk for developing obesity and asthma as well as having a higher risk for behavioral and social issues.

CROS Ministries have seven local food pantries around the county, which served 63,166 people with emergency food, in 2014. In addition to the seven pantries, CROS’s programs include the Caring Kitchen which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week to homeless or near homeless. Each weekday, the kitchen serves 60 meals for breakfast and 200 meals for lunch. Dinner is also served to 50 people 3 times a week, with the help of donated food and volunteers.

Palm Beach County Food Bank’s Weekend Nutrition Program is helping to feed families with school age children by providing weekend backpacks with nutritious food for the families. This provides meal security for the families that qualify for free or reduced lunch rates to help bridge the gap of food insecurity. Last year this program fed 1,032 families in Palm Beach County on weekends during the summer months.

DONATE:

Go through your pantry and collect nonperishable foods to donate for our local food drive.

Drop off food at any one of the collection sites listed above.

Most Needed Items

Pop-Top Food Items Hot or Cold Cereals Canned Meals (Ravioli, Spaghetti “O’s”)
Rice Mac and Cheese Canned Meat (tuna, salmon, chicken)
Pasta Peanut Butter Jelly (only in plastic containers)
Shelf-stable Milk Plastic/Canned Juices Beans (pinto, black beans)
Canned and Dry Soups Canned Stew and Chili Canned Tomato Products
Canned Vegetables Canned Fruit

Let’s Do This

Please share with us how you made your week count. No, it doesn’t need to take place on Monday – Monday just gets us excited about what the week has to offer, what we (ourselves) have to offer.

  1. Follow us on: icons
  2. Look for the weekly theme on all of our social media throughout the day on Mondays
  3. Photograph, video, post, tweet about your experience
  4. Remember to tag @PBUnitedWay and use the weekly hashtags

We have an AWESOME community, let’s embrace it, make an impact- IT’S MONDAY, LET’S DO THIS!

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