Orlando, FL (PRWEB) November 21, 2011
Mayor Buddy Dyer and other Central Florida volunteers will help lead the Community Food & Outreach Center’s “Give Thanks, Give Food” Thanksgiving outreach event at their Downtown Orlando Campus on November 22nd from 11:00am to 1:00pm. This event is designed to get much needed help for many struggling in this economic crisis, and help families not go hungry this Thanksgiving season. “Give Thanks, Give Food” will kick off with distribution of holiday meal baskets donated by Publix and multiple crisis services will also be offered at the campus to help these families get back on their feet.
“People are desperate for a hand-up right now, and caring members of our community are stepping up to help make that happen for in Central Florida.” says Scott George, the Co-Founder of Community Food & Outreach Center which provides hunger relief programs, crisis relief programs and other services for those struggling. “We are seeing more children and families in need than ever before, and it means so much to these hurting families to have companies like Publix Super Markets and community leaders give back in such a meaningful way.” said George.
These families will also be given the opportunity to sign up for other programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Florida Kidcare in the Community Food & Outreach Center’s Crisis Relief Center. The goal is to present Thanksgiving food and other services to over 300 families on the day of the event, as well as provide referrals to other non profits in the community. "We are honored to be aligned with such a reputable community partner focused on caring for our neighbors that are dealing with very tough economic conditions. Our Founder George Jenkins created a legacy of giving over 80 years ago and we will continue to carry on his vision of supporting those in need." said Dwaine Stevens, Media and Community Relations Manager of Publix Super Markets.
“We have hundreds of families that need help this holiday season, and for many of them hope begins with a meal this Thanksgiving.” said Scott George. “We have seen an unprecedented time of challenge this fall, but that has been met with an unprecedented wave of compassion for those in need this Thanksgiving.” says George. “This is a critical time for this community, and for those who are hungry, hurting, homeless, and in a time of financial crisis. We as a community must step up and help families and children all around us, or all of us will face the consequences of inaction.”
About: Community Food & Outreach Center provides food and hope to those in need in Central Florida. We do this by helping struggling families get a hand-up to get their basic needs met, connecting those in crisis with the resources and tools needed to get back on their feet and prevent homelessness, and providing the training and skills necessary to help our neighbors get employment opportunities, achieve their dreams, and regain hope for their lives.