The Pasco Sheriff’s Office’s annual Feeding Pasco’s Kids food drive is now accepting both monetary and food donations.
The proceeds from this worthy cause will be given directly to local organizations whose mission is to provide support for homeless children and students. This year those recipients include the Pasco School system and the Boys and Girls Club in Lacoochee.
According to the District School Board of Pasco County, there are more than 915 homeless children in Pasco County alone. This includes those that are “doubled up,” or living in another’s household; living in shelters; or unsheltered. Unfortunately, our deputies all too often see the results of malnourished children in our community, whether they are homeless or not.
Last year, we collected nearly 3,000 food items for needy Pasco children. The collection process to support our food drive will remain the same. Monetary donations are accepted, and we are also looking for non-perishable boxed or canned food items, such as instant potatoes and canned vegetables. Please do not donate any food in glass containers, which break easily.
There are donation boxes placed in the lobbies of Pasco Sheriff’s Office buildings throughout the county. A number of area churches have also agreed to have boxes located in their buildings to assist in the collection of food. Monetary donations can be made by check or money order to Pasco Sheriff’s Charities, with Food Drive in the “For” line. They can be mailed to Food Drive Donations, Pasco Sheriff’s Charities, 8700 Citizen Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34654.
If you would like to donate or have any questions about Feeding Pasco’s Kids, please contact the Sheriff’s Community Relations Office at 1-727-844-7759, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.