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April 3, 2017

TIME TO EMPTY YOUR PANTRY: APRIL 3 – APRIL 24

by PBUnitedWay

For the past several years the Town of Palm Beach United Way has had the honor of partnering with the Palm Beach Daily News and Palm Beach Fire Rescue, to collect non-perishable food for those less fortunate in Palm Beach County. Last year because of the generosity of those who live or work in Palm Beach, South Palm Beach and Manalapan we were able to collect 1,900 pounds of food and over $12,000 in donations for partner agencies – Feeding South Florida and The Glades Initiative. This year we will collect food and donations for the Palm Beach County Food Bank and CROS Ministries.

Why food? Food is unfortunately one of the difficult choices many individuals and families have to make each month.  Finite resources have to go somewhere: rent, utilities, childcare, gasoline for the car, etc.  When you live at or below the poverty level and a missed bill means your electric is turned off or job loss, grocery shopping often falls to the bottom of the priority ladder.  If we can provide those in need with even a little bit of food, resources can be freed up to pay rent or utilities.  It might seem like a stretch, but a few meals could very well be that difference.

  • 7% of Palm Beach County residents are food insecure
  • Of that 6% are children, which means 60,340 children go to bed hungry
  • 202,110 people do not know where they will get their next meal
  • 57% of children in the School District of Palm Beach County qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • At an average of $3.34 meal cost, a total of $117,489,000 would be required to meet food needs

Food and monetary donations are now being accepted at the following locations in Palm Beach:
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

Checks may be payable to the Town of Palm Beach United Way (Food Drive on the memo line) and mailed to: 44 Cocoanut Row, M201, Palm Beach, FL 33480.

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