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Treasure Coast Food Bank doubles food output in Martin County

By Angie Francalancia, TCPalm

976 days ago   Article ID# 1554849
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Treasure Coast Food Bank

STUART, FLORIDA (TCPalm) - Treasure Coast Food Bank is putting more food in the hands of hungry people throughout Martin County through several new collaborative efforts.

The results: Treasure Coast Food Bank already has doubled the amount of food distributed throughout the county over the previous 12 months, increasing the output from about 500,000 to more than 1 million pounds.

The Mobile Pantry visits distribute food to areas that may not be served by any existing food pantries and where people don’t have ready access to healthy and affordable food. Target communities include Golden Gate, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach/Rio.

“This is a collaborative effort where we provide our Mobile Pantry and our partners provide the resources and volunteers. The end result is more food in the hands of people who need it,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz. “We already have doubled the amount of food distributed in Martin County, and we’re still three months from the end of the fiscal year.”

Mobile Pantry, a national program of Feeding America and its partner agencies, was created to provide food to people in neighborhoods where they live, and it fills gaps in the existing structure of feeding programs. Treasure Coast Food Bank, a partner organization of Feeding America, initiated the first Mobile Pantry on the Treasure Coast two years ago. The program has been critical in delivering food to people living in food deserts, which are neighborhoods in which the opportunity to buy healthy, affordable groceries is scarce.

According to a 2009 study done in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, significant portions of Martin County and throughout the Treasure Coast are identified as food deserts. In some cases, the areas lack grocery stores, but in others, the residents lack transportation.

Treasure Coast Food Bank provides an average of 25 Mobile Pantry visits each month, distributing about 312,500 meals per month to people who otherwise are without easy access to healthy food. Each Mobile Pantry delivery includes meats, breads, fresh fruits and vegetables and non-perishable goods.

For more information about Mobile Pantry or other efforts to stop hunger, call Treasure Coast Food Bank at 772-489-3034.

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Updated 976 days ago   Article ID# 1554849

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