Palm Beach County Food Bank launches post-IrmaEmergency Community Food and Fund Drive Five collection points for food and water donations Friday and Saturday
The Palm Beach County Food Bank is responding to the needs of our community resulting from Hurricane Irma by holding an Emergency Food and Fund Drive Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16 at five locations in Palm Beach County. Each site will be open for donations of non-perishable food and water in non-glass containers. No clothing or other items are able to be accepted. The public is encouraged to bring their donations of non-perishable food and water (in non-glass containers) to the following collection sites:·
The Gardens Mall on PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens·
Earl Stewart Toyota, located at 1215 North U.S. Hwy. 1 in Lake Park (1/4 mile south of Northlake Blvd. on the east side of U.S. 1)·
The United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches, 900 Brandywine Road in West Palm Beach (just west of I-95 off of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.)·
Wellington Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road in Wellington.·
CityPlace at the former Macy’s store site 575 Rosemary Ave. in downtown West Palm Beach is also accepting donations as part of an effort in partnership with United Way of Palm Beach County and Related Companies.·
Additional sites may be added and information will be provided via social media. Signs at each site will indicate the donation point. Volunteers will be at these sites on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. to accept donations and provide receipts for the tax deductible donations. All of the donations will be distributed by the Palm Beach County Food Bank to the more than 100 partner agencies which serve those facing hunger in Palm Beach County. The need has increased due to families having to purchase unbudgeted food and other hurricane supplies while many have not been able to work, as well as prolonged periods of time with no power which all added to unexpected costs. “Palm Beach County residents are always generous and never more so than in a time of crisis. Please join us in providing food to our neighbors following Hurricane Irma,” said Palm Beach County Food Bank Executive Director Karen Erren. “We appreciate the cooperation of our food drive host sites in helping make this emergency food drive happen.” Tax deductible financial donations to help the Palm Beach County Food Bank defray the costs of this emergency food drive can be made on the website at www.pbcfoodbank.org or by making a check out to Palm Beach County Food Bank and mailing it to 525 Gator Drive, Lantana, FL 33462.
ABOUT THE PALM BEACH COUNTY FOOD BANK:The Palm Beach County Food Bank is celebrating its fifth year of operation this year. From a centralized location in Lantana, The Palm Beach County Food Bank rescues, collects and distributes food at no cost to more than 175 agencies that take on the daily responsibility of feeding the hungry in the local community. The Palm County Food Bank annually provides more than 5 million pounds of food that is distributed to more than 100,000 individuals each month from Tequesta to Boca Raton and west to Belle Glade and Pahokee. The Palm Beach County Food Bank also provides healthy food to children each weekend throughout the year. Its Marjorie S. Fisher Nutrition Driven program provides nutrition education, food safety, food preparation and consumer shopping tips and fresh food products to at risk families. In addition, the food bank assists families to lift themselves out of poverty by accessing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) benefits. The Palm Beach County Food Bank is locally led and governed and is solely focused on the needs of Palm Beach County residents. For more information, visit www.pbcfoodbank.org or call 561-670-2518.