NPR FarmNet Leads Organic Food Drive

NPR FarmNet Leads Organic Food Drive

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (Nov. 17, 2017) – In the spirit of the holidays, New Port Richey FarmNet is sponsoring the third annual organic food drive in New Port Richey. FarmNet organizers from Friendship Farms & Fare and West Pasco Habitat for Humanity are asking for contributions of certified USDA organic food in cans and boxes for distribution to low-income and less fortunate families in the area. Why not give the best to those in greatest need?

Other groups and individuals are invited to participate. See contact information, below. The holiday food drive will run through December 15, with periodic distribution events to be scheduled near Thanksgiving and during the December Holiday Season.

Two FarmNet supporting participants will host drop-off containers for the food collection: Wright’s Natural Market (6630 US Hwy. 19, New Port Richey) andWest Pasco Habitat for Humanity (4131 Madison St., New Port Richey). Donations will also be received on Sunday only at Grand Gardens (5721 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey).

Organizers for the food drive are requesting only USDA certified organic food in cans or boxes – no produce or perishables.

Judging from the content of many collection containers, too often food shared in support of the less fortunate is of low quality, highly processed, perhaps unhealthy, likely genetically modified, and almost never organic. Why not give the best to those in greatest need?

“Why give poor food to folks reaching out for sustenance?  Why not express our care, compassion, and kindness in a thoughtful manner, by taking just a little time to find high-quality, nutritious organic food to share with those who would most benefit?” said Dell deChant, a member of the Pasco County Food Policy Council and a member of the FarmNet leadership team.

The holiday organic food drive aims to make an immediate and gratifying change in the way we think about those we help by sharing healthy, nutritious, and good food with persons in need of good nutrition. FarmNet asks participants, supporters, and the general public to join them by dropping off food or sending in contribution to help the cause.

Monetary contributions for the organic food drive may be sent to:  Friendship Farms & Fare, PO Box 596, New Port Richey, FL 34656-0596.

All resources received for this event are tax-deductable and will be used exclusively to purchase food for the organic food drive. Any financial support to cover cost of materials, supplies, and transportation is also greatly appreciated. Checks may be made out to Friendship Farms & Fare, a branch of Ecology Florida (a 501 C 3, not-for-profit organization).

For more information about the organic food drive, call Sylvia Spencer at (727) 269-1786.    

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