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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


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

Recreation Centers:

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

[Last modified June 11, 2005, 00:25:17]

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