ST. LUCIE COUNTY –  This article started out to be about a night of comedy at the McAlpin Theatre at Indian River State College to ‘laugh out hunger’, a fundraiser for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. 

The day of the scheduled interview with Gary Porter, Director of Community Relations for the Treasure Coast Food Bank also turned out to be the day the event was postponed due to concerns about rising rates of Covid-19 infection and the need for social distancing. No future date has been set for the event at this time.

But because the show must always go on, Treasure Coast Food Bank will be holding their inaugural 5K Run/Walk to ‘Outrun Hunger’, Saturday, Sept. 18th at Causeway Cove Marina in Fort Pierce. 

The race is sponsored by Dunkin’ Brands and iThink Financial, and the course will be USATF certified. RFID timing technology will be used to keep runners’ times. 

Registration fee is $35 for adults and $20 for children under 18 years of age. The registration fee will include a commemorative T-shirt, race bib, timing chip, and race medal. Registration is available online at Treasure Coast Food Bank’s website, stophunger.org.

Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age category for male and female runners.

There will be a pre-race packet pickup party on Friday, Sept. 17th at Cobbs Landing in Fort Pierce from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring free appetizers, a cash bar, and live music. 

Treasure Coast Food Bank has served Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties for over three decades. 

From March to August of 2020, the food bank saw a 200% increase in the number of people seeking food assistance. Covid-19 and pandemic-related unemployment have changed the food bank’s demographic to now include two-income families who have been reduced to a single income because of the current crisis. 

September is Hunger Awareness Month and Sept. 17th is National Go Orange Day. Orange is the color of hunger awareness, and businesses across the country will light their buildings in orange in recognition of the day.

Treasure Coast Food Bank’s after school meal program has just started up again, offering meals at some of their regular feeding sites, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs. 

Their weekend backpack program sends a child home from school on Friday with enough staple foods to last the weekend. 

On Oct. 29th and 30th Treasure Coast Food Bank will hold their annual ‘Pack the House’ volunteer event. In past years, over 500 volunteers spread over two days have helped pack 15,000 holiday food boxes for families in need. Volunteers can sign up for one (or more) of four shifts. Each shift will have a different theme, and there will be music, trivia, and food vendors to feed the volunteers. This is a great family friendly event and helps to fill a tremendous and ever-growing need in our community as more and more families face food insecurity. 

Donations of non-perishable foods, volunteers, and money are always needed. To find out how you can help, visit Treasure Coast Food Bank at stophunger.org or call 772-489-3034. You can also like and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tcfoodbank or on Instagram at Treasure Coast Food Bank (@tcfoodbank)

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