The 6th Annual Empty Your Pantry Food Drive collected 2,215 pounds of food and $1,500 in donations for those less fortunate in Palm Beach County. The food was donated to Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agencies Feeding South Florida and Farmworker Coordinating Council to be distributed to clients in need. The drive, which ran April 2 -23, was sponsored by the Town of Palm Beach United Way, Palm Beach Daily News and Town of Palm Beach Fire-Rescue.
In Palm Beach County, nearly 200,000 people, including 56,000 children, are "food insecure" or near hunger. Children exposed to food insecurity are at higher risk for developing obesity, asthma and other health problems. They also may be at higher risk for behavioral and social issues such as fighting, hyperactivity, anxiety and bullying.
“We are beyond grateful to the Palm Beach community for their generous donations to the Empty Your Pantry Food Drive," said Board Chairman Jay Boodheshwar. "This food will go to two of our partner agencies who will distribute it to families in need throughout Palm Beach County. At The Town of Palm Beach United Way, we believe no child should go to bed hungry, and no parent should have to worry about where to find the next meal for their family.”