Ten chest freezers valued at nearly $300 each and styrofoam coolers stocked with frozen food were distributed to local feeding programs Monday by the Palm Beach County Food Bank.
The 7-cubic-foot freezers, stored in their original packaging at the food bank’s warehouse in Lantana, were donated by Delray Beach-based Art Works 4 Food.
The frozen food was supplied by the Palm Beach County Food Bank, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food to dozens of agencies that feed the hungry in Palm Beach County.
“The Palm Beach County Food Bank supports agencies that are on the front line of hunger relief in Palm Beach County,” Executive Director Perry Borman said. “We distribute food to food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Some of our organizations, we need to also help grow their capacities.
“This donation enables at least 10 agencies to expand what they do and provide more of a variety of food to the hungry children and families they support.”
Those agencies picking up freezers and food Monday included St. Mary’s Church of Pahokee, CROS Pantry of Riviera Beach, First Baptist Church of Lantana, First Baptist Church of Lake Worth, Jacobson Family Food Pantry at the Jewish Federation of Boca Raton, Oasis Food Pantry in Greenacres, Our Support for Children of Delray Beach, Pathways to Prosperity at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Boynton Beach, Food for Families of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Jupiter and First Seventh Day Adventist Church of West Palm Beach.
The agencies, which together provide food to more than 3,500 families in Palm Beach County, were selected to receive the freezers based on need and interest, Borman said.
More than 70 agencies work with the Palm Beach County Food Bank to provide food to those in need. According to Borman, the food bank transported more than 5 million pounds of food in 2012 for distribution, feeding more than 100,000 people.
A large percentage of the food provided is canned goods, non-perishable items and fresh produce, though the food bank hopes to increase the amount of frozen food it is able to provide, Borman said.
“We need to help our families,” he said. “There are food pantries that are just giving out canned goods and non-perishable products, but they also want the ability to provide perishable produce and frozen product to their constituents.”
For information, call (561) 670-2518 or visit www.pbcfoodbank.org.