Port St. Joe Elementary School is holding a food drive contest through Oct. 26 to help stock the food pantry for the upcoming holidays. Approximately 595 students from 30 classes are involved. The class with the most food items collected during the two week food drive will win the contest and get a pizza party.
“We’re encouraging students to bring canned food and other nonperishable food items to help needy families in our community enjoy a holiday meal. Specific items were looking for include ham, olives, pickles, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes, corn, potatoes, carrots, and fruit,” said Kim Bodine, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board.
The food pantry, located at 401 Peters Street in Port St. Joe, is currently helping around 120 families in the area and anticipants helping additional families during the upcoming holiday season. Additional volunteers are needed to assist with the food pantry efforts.
Anyone interested in volunteering or finding our more on the food pantry information may contact Diane Pierett, Special Projects Coordinator at 229-1641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The food pantry is operated by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board in partnership with the Washington Improvement Group and the Christian Community Development Fund with funding and support from the Fund for Gulf Communities/Catholic Charities and support from many churches in and around Port St. Joe.