The Palm Beach County Food Project is a Neighborhood Food Donation Program which began in June 2013. Several members of Oceanview Church were among the initial Neighborhood Coordinators (NCs) for the Project. The initial pick up in June 2013 was 500 pounds from 37 donors. The program has grown to numerous neighborhoods throughout Palm Beach County. In the last twelve months, nearly 35 TONS of food has been donated.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR AUGUST 2020
I am very sorry to announce the cancellation of our next pick-up in August due to the tenfold increase in Covid-19 cases in Florida since our June event! There would be no justifiable reason to even remotely endanger our fine volunteers!
Please encourage donations from anyone, your friends, your employers and I can guarantee that 100% of the funds will go to support our partner pantries! Thank you very much!
Our partner food pantries will be struggling due to the added number of people needing food as many unemployed's federal benefits will be running out, and with the possible elimination of eviction protection, the number of homeless and hungry people will likely increase. Therefore, we will need to revert to Plan B, as we did in April, and do the best we can to raise funds. The money raised will be used to provide the much-needed food without putting any of our Food Project volunteers in an environment that could endanger their health.
From April to June we were able to raise some $30,000, which supported our partner pantries by giving them cash to purchase much needed items in bulk for their distribution to the hungry. We were also able to provide some 33,000 meals of chicken ramen noodle soup. The ten pallets of soup went a long way in the food programs of CROS Ministries, More Than Conquerors Life Center, Extended Hands Community Outreach and the MCC food pantry!
Please help by making a financial donation rather than through our regular "Green Bag" way.
Here is how you can give:
Visit our website to donate conveniently by credit card: www.palmbeachcountyfoodproject.org
A THANK YOU LETTER FROM OUR DISTRICT COORDINATOR!! - JUNE 2020
Hi PBCFP Neighborhood Coordinators,
GREAT NEWS!! Thanks to all of your hard work, the Palm Beach County Food Project collected approximately 1600 bags of food and other needed items which equals 24,000 pounds or 12 tons!! It is truly amazing how much of a difference it makes when people put their compassion for others into action. CONGRATULATIONS!
**Very important, please share with your donors how well we did this month and how much we appreciate all of their donations. We could not do this without them. Also, encourage them to go to our facebook page: PBC Food Project and "like" it which will help us spread the word. Other good news, 5 new coordinators are coming "on board" this month.
Hoping that all of you stay well and stay safe during this summer season. Please contact me if you have any questions. I am attaching several pictures of some of our volunteers that worked very hard unpacking bags and packing boxes. You can also share with your donors when you send out our results and your thank you to them.
Palm Beach County Food Project
Building Community. Sharing Food.
Neighbors donate a bag of food every two months. It’s incredibly easy, because we supply the bag…and we pick up the food! This provides food pantries with a steady, year-round supply of food…and provides donors with the ongoing satisfaction of making a real difference. They also get to know their neighbors, which builds a powerful sense of community. So everyone wins.
The Food Project is a revolutionary way to collect food: It’s a donor drive, not a food drive.
Instead of asking for one-time contributions of food, our volunteers . . . ( Neighborhood Coordinators ), enlist their neighbors to become long-term Food Donors.
How the Food Project Works:
The NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATOR (NC) signs up his or her neighbors to be Food Donors. Each Donor receives a green cloth grocery bag in which to collect his or her food donation. Every two months, the NC picks up the green food bags from their Donors and leaves a new bag for the next pick up.
The food is then boxed and taken to a designated collection site. The food is sorted, weighed and ready almost immediately for distribution to food Pantries (such as those operated by C.R.O.S. Ministries) where it is then distributed to hungry and needy people in Palm Beach County.
You can become a Neighborhood Coordinator in your neighborhood. It is quite easy, you will have plenty of tools to help you get it done and you will feel great!! You can sign up to be a Neighborhood Coordinator on the website listed below, or contact either Erich or Kay.
For more information, check out the Palm Beach County Food Project’s Website: http://www.palmbeachcountyfoodproject.org/
PBC Food Project Contact: Erich Zlanabitnig: (561) 444-9488
Oceanview’s Coordinator: Kay Heisler: email@example.com