Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Holiday Distribution helps families with toy shopping

The Holiday Distribution gave guests the opportunity to learn about services and shop for food at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Market Fresh on the Move

HOBE SOUND, Fl. – For some Martin County families, a visit to Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Holiday Distribution provided a different kind of holiday help. Each was able to select toys for their children to receive on Christmas morning.

The event took place Dec. 4, 2021,  at the Hobe Sound library. Hosted by Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Martin County office, it provided families from throughout the county the opportunity to learn about good nutrition and visit Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Market Fresh on the Move along with selecting toys.

Parents selected from more than 300 toys, then shopped for food in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Market Fresh on the Move – a mobile market that provides healthy food options at low prices. The morning also included story time provided by the library.

“We try to help families in every way that we can,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “A holiday toy giveaway is an ideal way to distribute some of the toys and other non-food items we receive, which enables us to help our families with their gift shopping.”

There were bicycles, Barbie Dreamhouses, Legos, Minnie Mouse ride-on cars, Matchbox cars, and Nerf toys for parents to choose from. Those shopping for older kids could select selfie stations, inflatable kayaks, and sports gear. Many opted to pick up the gifts they selected at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Martin County office after the event so they could surprise their children.

America Calderon picks up gifts at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Martin County office

Treasure Coast Food Bank receives a variety of non-food donations from its retail partners and looks for ways to get all the items to people in need of help. Treasure Coast Food Bank also donated toys to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Lucie County Fire Department for its Christmas 4 Kids program, Fellsmere Community Outreach, Village Coalition of Youth Activities, and Survivors of Murdered Victims.

The Martin County Office of Treasure Coast Food Bank provides comprehensive assistance to people in need, and through the Whole Child Connection, matches a family’s needs with service providers who can help them with education, health, social well-being, spiritual well-being, environment safety and economics. For more information or for assistance, call 772-463-2168.

ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.

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