How to help fill bare cupboards
The countywide food drive begins Monday and ends at noon Friday.
By Times Staff Writer
Published June 11, 2005
You can help feed the hungry here in Pinellas by donating canned and dried foods next week in the fourth annual countywide food drive aimed at stocking the cupboards of Pinellas' 30 homeless shelters and food pantries.
Dubbed "Operation: Donation," the relief effort begins Monday and ends at noon Friday. Six Pinellas cities will collect donations daily during regular work hours.
Last year, the drive collected 2,200 canned goods, 1,100 dry goods (such as cereals and dried soups) and 500 baby food items, said Stephanie Radtke, volunteer services coordinator of the sponsoring organization, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares.
The 2-1-1 telephone number, established in May 2001, is a community partnership providing callers with crisis intervention and referral. It's also a source of information about volunteer and donation opportunities for the more than 900 nonprofit organizations in Pinellas.
The 2-1-1 service, based in Largo, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Food drive volunteers will collect donations Friday after the noon deadline and take them to the Religious Community Services Food Pantry in Clearwater, where they will be sorted and distributed, Radtke said.
For more information on the food drive, call 518-3346 or visit the 2-1-1 Web site at www.211tampabay.org
TO DROP OFF FOOD DONATIONS
Food items donated to Pinellas' food pantries and homeless shelters can be dropped off next week at the following sites:
City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave., 562-4090
Municipal Services Building, 100 S Myrtle Ave., 562-4250
Town Hall, 19305 Gulf Blvd., 595-4020
City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive, 391-9951
City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S, 893-1000
Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S, 893-1068
Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S, 893-2237
Library, 5501 28th Ave S, 893-1074
City Hall, 5141 78th Ave., 541-0706
Library, 7770 52nd St., 541-0718
Broderick, 6101 66th Ave N, 541-0884
Forbes, 6401 94th Ave., 541-0882
Senior Citizens, 7625 59th St., 541-0776
Skyview, 9010 54th Way, 541-0778
Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., 541-0721
Azalea Adult Center, 1600 72nd St. N, (727) 893-7150
Bay Vista Adult Center, 7000 4th St. S, (727) 893-7124
Campbell Park Center, 601 14th St. S, (727) 893-7733
Childs Park Center, 4301 13th Ave. S, (727) 893-7463
Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S, (727) 893-7134
Frank Pierce Center - Bartlett Park, 2000 7th St. S, (727) 893-7731
Gladden Park Center, 3901 30th Ave. N, (727) 893-7458
Lake Vista Center, 1401 62nd Ave. S, (727) 893-7744
Northwest Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N, (727) 893-7751
Roberts Adult Center, 1330 50th Ave. N, (727) 893-7755
Roberts Recreation Center, 1246 50th Ave. N, (727) 893-7754
Shore Acres Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. NE, (727) 893-7758
Sunshine Center, 330 5th St. N, (727) 893-7101
Walter Fuller Center, 7891 26th Ave. N, (727) 893-7443
Wildwood Center, 1000 28th St. S, (727) 893-7750
Willis S. Johns Center, 6635 M.L. King St./9th St. N, (727) 893-7756
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