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September 28, 2018

Family Faith Fest is Collecting Food for the Hungry

By Family Faith Fest

The Family Faith Fest is an unprecedented free music and faith festival that will provide a day of fun, fellowship and exciting activities for people of all ages. It will also seek to fill an important need in our community—food for the hungry. Everyone who attends the Family Faith Fest is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit charities that serve the most vulnerable among us.

Some of the most needed items include:

Canned vegetables, fruits and soup, boxed & bagged [dried] pasta and rice and peanut butter and jelly.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg will deliver all the donations to four of their centers that serve the hungry.

  • Pinellas Hope – adult homeless shelter in Clearwater (Pinellas County)
  • Mercy House, a home for HIV/AIDS positive mothers and their children located in Tampa (Hillsborough County)
  • Pasco Women’s Shelter in Hudson and Bethany Family Apartments in Dade City (Pasco County)
  • Citrus County Outreach Center Soup Kitchen in Homosassa (Citrus County)

Here are some of the reasons this food drive is so important for our community!

Nearly 500,000 of our neighbors are food insecure; that’s 1 in 7 people in the Tampa Bay area living in hunger at some point throughout the year

Child food insecurity in our five county region ranges between 20% and 26%.

“The Family Faith Fest is an amazing free event –a gift to our community on our golden anniversary. This food drive will also be a gift to those who struggle with hunger every day,” said Teresa Peterson, executive director of communications, Diocese of St. Petersburg.

To learn more about the Family Faith Fest, visit www.FamilyFaithFest.org.