Want to make a difference – a big difference -- in our community? Help us collect food for Palm Beach County Food Bank in November.
Hunger is a very real issue in our region. Let’s all bring canned good or non-perishable food items to the LPBC office and any of our events -- and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to do the same.
Our Volunteering Leaders organizer Rick Sartory (Class of 2014) explains below the local food problems and what our food drive is looking to achieve.
Describe the food drive.
Rick Sartory: LPBC will host a Food Drive during the entire month of November with 100% of the collection being donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. The Alumni Relations committee and Volunteering Leaders subcommittee are requesting that every person that attends a LPBC meeting or event during November - and there are approximately 8-9 opportunities on the LPBC calendar - bring a canned good or non-perishable food item. With both our Grow and Engage programs meeting during the month, and several committees meeting as well, LPBC can make a huge impact on the hunger issue present in our communities.
Why is LPBC supporting the food drive?
Rick Sartory: Here are statistics showing the needs in our community:
• At least 190,000 adults in Palm Beach County qualify as poor by federal guidelines??
• More than 180,000 Palm Beach County residents rely on food stamps for survival ??
• More than 57% of Palm Beach County students qualify for free or reduced lunch??
• 1 of 6 residents are food insecure (meaning they do not know where their next meal will come from)??
• 35 million pounds are needed annually to feed the hungry in Palm Beach County (USDA statistic)
How can the LPBC alumni and supporters participate?
Rick Sartory: Donations will be collected at each meeting and stored at the LPBC office. A member of the Alumni Relations committee will meet both the Grow and Engage classes at their starting location to collect donations, and donations can be dropped off at the LPBC office at The Palm Beach Post during working hours. Alumni are encouraged to hold collection days at their respective offices to increase the reach and donation capacity for the Food Drive.
Interested in learning more? Please contact Rick Sartory at: firstname.lastname@example.org.