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What Causes Hunger?

There is no single root cause of hunger. For many, it’s ongoing and persistent.

We know that at times household incomes simply aren’t enough to cover the grocery bills and other expenses, especially with inflation and skyrocketing food prices.

For others, it’s a new experience, brought on by the pandemic, economic disruptions or an unexpected bill or emergency.
Whatever the reason, hunger remains a persistent (yet solvable) problem and Treasure Coast Food Bank is here to help.

How Do We Distribute Food?

A portion of our food is generated from private and public donations, by individuals and corporate sponsors.

All donations are then sorted at Treasure Coast Food Bank and prepared for distribution to our network of more than 300 partner agencies and feeding programs.

Our agencies and mobile pantry programs span four counties (Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee County) to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, non-perishable food items, and nonfood essentials to our neighbors.

For Kids

Treasure Coast Food Bank offers a variety of programs year-round for children at risk of food insecurity at partnering schools and community centers.

For Seniors

Treasure Coast Food Bank programs focus on the improvement of our older neighbors’ overall health and nutritional well-being.

School Pantry Program – Provides a variety of shelf-stable food directly to children and families in need. This is a progression of the Backpack Program by serving the whole family, rather than just one child.

Summer Meals Program – Ensures that children in low- income areas receive nutritious meals during the summer months when they do not have access to free or reduced meals through their school’s free or reduced meal program. Learn More

After School Meals Program – A nationally sponsored partnership program to provide free, nutritious meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of community locations where children already congregate in safe, after-school environments.

Happy Baby Diaper Bank – Provides diapers and other essential items for babies and toddlers to families in need through a collaborative partnership with organizations serving parents and infants in Southeast Florida.

Teen Pantry Program – Impacts the lives of young adults by providing personal hygiene items to middle through high school aged adolescents, as well as appetite fulfilling breakfast and snack items.

Farm 2 School – Through a partnership with the St. Lucie County School District, Treasure Coast Food Bank stores and transports farm-fresh offerings to all St. Lucie County students in each of St. Lucie County’s 42 public schools.

BackPack Program – Provides children from low-income families with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and holidays when they don’t have access to free and reduced lunch at school.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) – This program aims to improve the health and nutritional well-being of elderly individuals, 60 years and older, who are vulnerable to malnutrition and are income eligible.

Healthy Options Program for the Elderly (H.O.P.E.) – Working with community partners such as public housing, senior centers, and medical clinics, this program provides 30+ pound boxes of shelf-stable food as a supplement to our senior population.

Senior Mobile Pantry Program – Weekly community distributions throughout the Treasure Coast providing 60+ pounds of nutritious food and other essentials to seniors.

Veterans’ Outreach – This initiative targets homeless veterans in our four-county area by providing them with boxes packed at our Distribution Center. In those boxes are nutritious food items suitable for outdoor living as well as sunscreen, shampoo, and conditioner.

$10 Provides 80 Meals for Families in Need

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Additional Resources

Whole Child Connection

Whole Child Connection is designed to provide a simple, straight-forward way to connect local families with the help that they need. It is available to all Martin County children and their families, ensuring anonymity while giving them access to a wide range of community services.

Your Plate Health & Wellness

Your Plate is an innovative approach to alleviating poverty and food insecurity at one location.  This program consists of SNAP, FL Kidcare, Medicaid, TANF, and other benefit assistance; nutrition education; health & wellness workshops; economic mobility presentations; senior programs; child nutrition programs; and more .