News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS A Church of the Nazarene volunteer hands a bag of food to a man in need Saturday morning. ÔThis food means my kids and I can eat for another week,' the man said as he was leaving.
published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
350 families benefit from food bank's weekend efforts
Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING - Feeding America's Heartland Food Bank and the Church of the Nazarene in Sebring partnered Saturday to bring food to needy families in the communities. Aided by the Sebring Police Department, traffic wrapped the block making its way to the church pick-up points. People came in automobiles, on bicycles, and on foot to receive a large bag of groceries that included canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, bread and pastry, and more than 350 families participated.
All of the food was provided by the local food bank - Feeding America's Heartland Food Bank at 227 U.S. 27 South. The church had approximately 40 volunteers in House of Hope T-shirts, which is the name of the Nazarene's food pantry.
The Church of the Nazarene is one of more than 20 faith-based food pantries that receive food from the local food bank. The mission of feeding the hungry in Highlands County is growing.
If you are interested in helping feed the hungry in your community, call Mary Foy or Carol Bogdan at the Heartland Food Bank at 385-7885. There are many opportunities to serve - volunteer, donate, have a food drive, organize a fundraiser.
You can also attend the third annual Empty Bowls Luncheon for a donation of $10. It will be held Nov. 12 at the Jack Stroud Civic Center with entertainment by the Sebring High School Show Choir and the Walker Academy Steel Drum Band. In honor of the area veterans, and in celebration of Veterans Day, it is asked that those attending bring canned food, which will be given to needy veteran families.
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