Treasure Coast Essay
7:20 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Food Bank feeds the hungry

Hey, Treasure Coast Food Bank.  Happy 25th anniversary!  Because of the current economic slowdown, the need for food assistance in our area has never been greater since volunteers got you started in 1988.  Some 100,000 people on the Treasure Coast are hungry during this holiday season.  That’s about 17 percent of our population.  A lot of them don’t know where their next full meal is coming from.  Many have low-pay part-time jobs.  Many are looking for work.  The Food Bank wants to help.  Newly relocated in St. Lucie County on Angle Road near I-95 and the Florida Turnpike, the Food Bank distributes 10 million pounds of food a year to 286 partner agencies in St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties.  It also sends a mobile pantry to hard-hit areas in the four counties.  Stores donate meats, dairy products and other food items past their sell-by date but before their use-by date.  The rest of us are invited to serve as volunteers or donate money.  The Food Bank says that every dollar we give provides seven meals for our neighbors in need.   Only three cents goes toward overhead.  To volunteer or to donate, go to treasurecoastfoodbank,org,  For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.

How can we help our neighbors who go to bed hungry? Paul Janensch tells us in this Treasure Coast Essay.