WUFT News

Food Drive This Saturday

By on May 11th, 2011

Gainesville’s Bread of the Mighty food bank and four other charities are gearing up for this weekend—when the U-S Post Office will help with a food drive.

Food bank director Anne Voyles says non-perishable food left at your mail box Saturday morning will be picked up by the carrier for distribution to those who are hungry. Last year it brought in about 17-thousand pounds of food.

Voyles says heading into this time of year is when she worries the most about what Bread of the Mighty can do. Many college students—who often volunteer—are gone, so there are fewer helpers. And she says when young children are out of school for the summer, they miss the daily breakfast and lunch they can get at school, although the schools do offer a summertime program.

Compounding issues in recent weeks is the higher price for fuel, especially diesel. She says that makes it more expensive to truck food to the multi county region they serve. And with so much fresh produce coming in, those trips are having to increase to get it to where its needed before it spoils. As a result she says in addition to the food donations the community helps with, there is also a need now for cash to cover other expenses.

For more information on the weekend food drive, link to www.helpstampouthunger.com


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Teacher Conference Aims to Bring Global Perspective Into Classrooms

Gainesville Connected, a conference in Gainesville, aims to equip teachers to engage students on global issues such as poverty.


Anna Claire (left) and Katie Scarlett (right) are two capuchin monkeys that were once pets but now live in the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. Scarlett is blind and Claire is diabetic.

Primate Sanctuaries Feel Stresses of Insufficient Funding

Sanctuaries are struggling to take in primates as researchers and pet owners forgo euthanasia for better homes.


Oct. 23, 2014: Afternoon News in 90

A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.


The Ocala City Council voted not to renew Matthew Brower's contract as city manager on Tuesday. Brower's current contract will expire on Dec. 21.

Ocala City Manager’s Contract Not Renewed

The request to reappoint Matthew Brower as Ocala’s city manager was rejected on a three-to-two vote by the Ocala City Council. Brower was appointed city manager in February 2011, and his contract will now expire on Dec. 21.


Victoria Rusinov administers FluMist to a child at the Control Flu clinic at Littlewood Elementary School.

CDC Studies Effects of Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Over Traditional Shot for Children

Recent studies suggests a nasal spray form of the flu vaccine is more effective than the flu shot in healthy children ages 2 to 8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments