Treasure Coast Food Bank provides hot evening meals to St. Lucie County Boys and Girls Clubs

Treasure Coast Food Bank is ensuring that more than 600 kids in St. Lucie County eat a hot, nutritious evening meal through its After-School Meals Program.

Each school day, Treasure Coast Food Bank supplies the hot meals to several of the Boys and Girls Clubs in St. Lucie County where more than 600 school-age students spend their after-school hours each day. For many, it may be their only hot meal.

“We know the importance of healthy eating on education,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Those at the Boys and Girls Clubs are often when the students are doing homework or other enrichment activities. Often parents work long hours, and don’t always have time in the evenings to make a hot meal. This program ensures that the students have an opportunity to eat a nutritious dinner while taking some stress off of families.”

The menu rotates with different selections provided throughout the week, including pasta, pulled pork sandwiches, teriyaki chicken breasts, and tacos. It’s been popular not only with the students but with club administrators, who share that the food is some of the best they’ve had at any club in the state.

Entering its second year operating the program, Treasure Coast Food Bank recently added a fifth Boys and Girls Club location. After-school meals is a component of the state Child Care Food Program, and Treasure Coast Food Bank is one of only two non-profit agencies providing it on the Treasure Coast.

Treasure Coast Food Bank is seeking additional sites to partner with for the After-School meals program. For more information or to inquire about having Treasure Coast Food Bank provide after-school meals, contact Jade Alexander at ealexander@tcfoodbank.org or visit stophunger.org.

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ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.