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The Year-Round Fight To Feed The Hungry

Once the season of goodwill is past, people tend to forget the plight of the poor. But for the TCFB it’s a never-ending challenge.

A Food Bank volunteer sorts, displays and distributes foods from the mobile pantry.

A Food Bank volunteer sorts, displays and distributes foods from the mobile pantry.

If you know where your next meal is coming from, consider yourself fortunate – more than 100,000 people on the Treasure Coast go hungry day in, day out. Fifty-five percent are children, 18 percent are senior citizens and veterans; the rest are without jobs, or underemployed, families struggling to make ends meet.

The problem of hunger isn’t new – what is new is the growing number of individuals who need help, and that’s just what the Treasure Coast Food Bank has continued to provide ever since 1988, when Leo Capoccia and a group of faith-based volunteers launched the nonprofit organization. Today, the Bank is the largest hunger-relief agency serving Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties, distributing 10 million pounds of food annually to more than 286 partner agencies.
 

Read the entire article in the January 2014 issue