Western High students organize August 21 Food Drive

After seeing a story on a local TV station about how Feeding South Florida (formerly the Daily Bread Food Bank) is participating in the fight against hunger, 16-year-olds Heather Perry and Carley Schiffer, both sophomores at Western High School in Davie, decided to take action and planned a major food drive event. The Aug. 21 event benefiting Feeding South Florida will take place at The Shops at Stirling Plaza in Davie. The young ladies recruited all of the businesses in the strip mall in to participate in the food drive, which will feature a DJ, balloons, banners, a large tent, and a scale to weigh all donated food.

Feeding South Florida, a member of Feeding America, is the largest food bank in the state of Florida and serves Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. The not-for-profit organization distributes over 1.8 million pounds of food to the community each month.

“We’re excited that these young ladies took the initiative to plan this food drive,” said Judith Gatti, executive director of Feeding South Florida. “We encourage the community to get involved in the fight against hunger, and it’s very pleasing to know that members of the younger generation see the importance of this cause.”

Saturday, August 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Shops at Stirling Plaza, 6891 Stirling Rd., Davie, FL 33314-7012

Feeding South Florida™ (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) is a not-for-profit organization that empowers other South Florida not-for-profit organizations to assist people in need and improve their lives. Feeding South Florida does this by providing food and other grocery products; and by educating and engaging our community to fight hunger and poverty. Through a local network of more than 700 other not-for-profit organizations, Feeding South Florida strives to serve children, the elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, veterans and the working poor with compassion and integrity. Feeding South Florida is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Over 23 million pounds of food is distributed within the community by Feeding South Florida each year. Feeding South Florida’s headquarters is located at 2501 SW 32 Terrace, Pembroke Park, FL, 33023. For more information, please call (954) 518-1818 or visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org.

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