Annual food drive begins focus on Pasco’s homeless children

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (Press Release) – Sheriff Chris Nocco has announced the Pasco Sheriff’s Office’s annual Feeding Pasco’s Kids food drive is now accepting both monetary and food donations.

Like last year’s event, the proceeds from the Feeding Pasco’s Kids food drive 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, the Salvation Army, Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter in Dade City, and St. Vincent de Paul church in Land O’ Lakes.

“Our drive helps those single mothers with children and children who have no permanent residence.”

According to the District School Board of Pasco County, there are more than 1,700 homeless children in Pasco County alone.  This includes those that are “doubled up,” or living in another’s household; living in shelters; or unsheltered.

“Last year, with the assistance of our community partners, Pasco students, agency employees, and Pasco citizens, we collected more than 4,800 food items for needy Pasco children,” Sheriff Nocco said.

The collection process to support this worthwhile endeavor 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.  Also, we are also accepting hygiene items for children, such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, and hair combs.

There will be donation boxes placed in the lobbies of Pasco Sheriff’s Office buildings beginning Monday, October 12.  A number of area churches have also agreed to have boxes located in their buildings to assist in the collection of food.  All donations must be received by Wednesday, December 9.

If you would like to donate or have any questions about Feeding Pasco’s Kids, please contact the Sheriff’s Community Office at 1-813-994-3845, Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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