The 2013 4th Quarter HETY Award has been granted to the Treasure Coast Food Bank, an organization that partners with over 200 non-profits to provide meals and other essential services to residents in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.
In addition to general food distribution, the Treasure Coast Food Bank runs many programs that benefit residents directly. Their Health & Nutrition Outreach provides nutrition education and health management to families, while their Kids Café provides a safe after school environment where children receive nourishing meals and learn about nutrition. The Food Bank’s Backpack Program provides a discrete way for schoolchildren to receive food items to sustain them through weekends and school holidays, when free school lunches are unavailable. The Backpack Program has recently progressed into a School Pantry program that serves the whole family, rather than just the child.
There are many ways that residents can help the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Food can be donated at one of the many community food drives held each year. The food drives collect hundreds of thousands of pounds of food each year that are then distributed to local pantries. Volunteers can also donate their time by sorting food in the food bank warehouse, putting together backpacks, or even helping with mailings or event planning. Lastly, monetary donations are always welcome. The food bank has stated that every $1 donated helps provide 7 meals to people in need.
For more information on how you can help the Treasure Coast Food Bank, please call (772) 489-3034 or visit their website at stophunger.org.
To nominate your youth-focused organization for the HETY Award, presented each month by Girard Equipment, visit www.girardequip.com to download the application.