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Annual Back-to-School Food Drive Kicks Off

Volunteer at work. Photo courtesy Palm Beach County Food Bank
Volunteer at work. Photo courtesy Palm Beach County Food Bank

The Palm Beach County Food Bank is hosting its annual “One Can, Two Can. Who Can? You Can!” back-to-school food drive, now through August 31. The drive kicked off on Tuesday with a drive-through, drop-off opportunity at the food bank’s Lake Worth Beach warehouse.

“We’re finding that the typical family of four spends on average $1,000 a month on groceries,” said Jamie Kendall, CEO of Palm Beach County Food Bank. “As home pantries struggle to stay full, it’s our duty to ensure that children are receiving the right nutrients to start the school year strong. It’s critical that they receive protein-rich foods that help growth, concentration, immunity and more for classroom performance.”

The Palm Beach County Food Bank specifies that the most wanted items include beans, fish, chicken, beef, peanut butter, vegetables, and fruit. It is requested that all items are shelf-stable and don’t contain glass packaging. Items may be dropped at the following locations:

  • Palm Beach County Food Bank (701 Boutwell Road, #A2, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33461)
  • Gardens Branch Library (11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410)
  • Glades Road Branch Library (20701 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL 33434)
  • Greenacres Branch Library (3750 Jog Road, Greenacres, FL 33467)
  • Hagen Ranch Road Branch (14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446)
  • Lantana Road Branch Library (4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, FL 33462)
  • Main Library (3650 Summit Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406)
  • West Boca Branch Library (18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton, FL 33498)
  • West Boynton Branch Library (9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437)
  • Royal Palm Brewing Company (543 N. State Road 7, Suite 103, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411)
  • Royal Palm Beach Library (500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411)
  • First Horizon (605 N Olive Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401)
  • First Horizon (2000 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410)
  • First Horizon (1315 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL 33458)
  • First Horizon (180 Royal Palm Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480)
  • First Horizon (1645 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401)
  • First Horizon (1801 N. Military Trail #100A, Boca Raton, FL 33431)
  • First Horizon (900 SE 6th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483)
Food drive boxes. Photo courtesy Palm Beach County Food Bank
Food drive boxes. Photo courtesy Palm Beach County Food Bank

“As families start their back-to-school shopping, this is a great time to educate kids that protein is brain food,” continued Kendall, “One-in-six of [children’s] peers may go to bed hungry at night. Making the shopping process a family event, and inviting the kids to come along when parents drop off the food during the food drive, is a great way to show children they can be part of a solution where every little bit helps.”

To learn more about the back-to-school food drive, or for general information about food bank services, click here or call (561) 670-2518.

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