Support Your Local Food Bank
Pinellas County’s four food banks distribute emergency food to hundreds of food pantries, shelters, and more, and help feed thousands every day. They are well-oiled machines with huge warehouses, buying power, and distribution systems to get food to those who need it most, from children to seniors.
But COVID-19 has brought about an unprecedented food shortage, crippling their ability to meet the sky-rocketing need and creating the perfect storm. Prior to the pandemic, one in five Pinellas children were considered food insecure and over half received subsidized school lunches. With schools closed, children can no longer count on them for two nourishing meals a day. Plus, many hardworking parents are struggling to put food on the table because they have lost their jobs. At the same time, retail donations to food banks are down 50 to 75 percent, and their volunteer forces and in-kind food donations are down as well.
The Juvenile Welfare Board has made significant investments to our county’s four main food banks, and we are asking others to join us. For every dollar food banks receive, they are able to double – and sometimes triple – the amount of food they can purchase for distribution. Plus, they have many options to make giving easy, and no donation is too small. Even if you are able to give the cost of one meal, every dollar adds up.
If you are able to give, please click below to make a charitable contribution to support your local food bank and feed hungry children in your community:
- Florida Dream Center in Lealman
- RCS Pinellas in Clearwater
- St. Petersburg Free Clinic in St. Petersburg
- Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center in Tarpon Springs