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Food Philanthropy: Giving Back Tastes So Sweet

The Palm Beach County Food Bank has partnered with two organizations to ensure that locals are fed. 

8th annual Palm Beach Empty Bowls fundraiser 

Thousands of Palm Beach residents don’t know where their next meal will come from. That’s the reality. The Palm Beach County Food Bank and organizations that support it, like The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, are fighting to help locals get the nutritious food they need.  

On February 26 the church will host the 8th annual Palm Beach Empty Bowls benefit. In the spirit of Empty Bowls, a national grassroots campaign that looks to inspire participants to “eat simply so others can simply eat,” the reimagined event will be a drive-through fundraiser. Local celebrities and community leaders will distribute bread provided by Old School Bakery and signature soups donated by local chefs to guests as they queue from the safety of their cars. 

On average, the Palm Beach County Food Bank provides food to more than 200,000 residents every month, but due to the pandemic the need has tripled and it’s now averaging 1.5 million pounds of food per month.

To purchase a $30 ticket, click here or call 561/670-2518.

Save Our Produce campaign

In less than a year, the Palm Beach Civic Association has donated $400,000 to the Palm Beach Food Bank through its new initiative, Save Our Produce. The association partnered local farmers with the food bank so that the farmers could sell their produce and the food bank had fresh food to distribute to our local food insecure community. This win-win scenario, created during the height of the pandemic to help alleviate the rising demand for food, continues to grow and aid residences that are food insecure.

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Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie is a food lover, travel fanatic, bookworm, Francophile, and she believes art in all its forms is good for the soul. When she’s not writing about the incredible dishes, people and places that capture South Florida's culture and vibe, Christie is irresistibly happy in the company of her husband and a glass of red wine.

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