Tallahassee, November 18, 2010—
America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend (ASHBB) has partnered with local businesses throughout the last several months to obtain additional food for the coastal communities, and will be adding turkeys and other side items due to the generosity of Boar’s Head and the Blue Foundation of Florida.
Boar’s Head has partnered with the Florida Association of Food Banks (FAFB) to help struggling families along the Gulf Coast and throughout the state of Florida. America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend is part of the FAFB and will receive half of all funds raised by Boar’s Head.
As part of their Boar’s Head Brings Hope program, the company has donated $25,000 to date and is reaching out to Facebook users as means to do more. For every new person that “likes” the Boar’s Head Facebook page, the company will automatically donate an additional dollar to the Florida Association of Food Banks, up to a maximum
of another $25,000. That will mean a potential donation totaling $50,000, which could provide 150,000 meals straight to the families who have been hit the hardest. For more information about the Boar’s Head Brings Hope program, please visit Facebook.com/boarshead.
Collectively, America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend will distribute 970 turkeys, holiday side items and other food throughout Franklin and Gulf Counties this month for Thanksgiving. On Saturday, November 20th, they will be joining First Baptist Church of Eastpoint during their regular food distribution to hand out the turkeys. “Our partner
agencies work hard all year long to provide food for their neighbors in need, and we are thankful for the grant funding that allows us to provide the turkeys with them as well” stated Cheryl Phoenix, Executive Director of America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend.
Additional funding used was from the Blue Foundation for the coastal areas that were affected by the freeze earlier this year. Unfortunately, this is the same area that has been impacted by the oil spill due to lost revenue in tourism and fishing.
America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the food bank that collects and distributes food to those in need through a network of 130+ partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, and other programs. Last year, Second Harvest distributed over 3.5 million pounds of food throughout the ten counties of the Big Bend.
WHO: AMERICA’S SECOND HARVEST OF THE BIG BEND
WHAT: “FOOD FOR OUR COASTAL FRIENDS” FOOD DRIVE
WHERE: FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF EAST POINT
447 AVENUE A
WHEN: NOVEMBER 20, 2010 9:30 AM– 11:30AM