Published On: Tue, Sep 13th, 2016

Wayne Barton Study Center Co-Hosts Grocery Giveaway

food distBy CRA News Service

Thousands of residents are expected to attend a food distribution drive Saturday morning where several thousand pounds of fresh produce, chicken and other food items will be given away.

The free giveaway, dubbed Food 4 Friends, will be at Village Academy, 400 SW 12th Ave., Delray Beach, beginning at 10 a.m. The parking lot will open at 9 a.m. Visitors are asked to enter in the north and south gates of the school. The food will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and no one will be turned away.

“There is so much need in this community,” said Leon Ruchlamer, board member of KOP Mentoring Network, which is organizing the event. “On any given day, many of our kids and their families in this community do not know where their next meal will come from. So, this is our way of helping them meet those needs.”

Two trucks are expected to bring more than 150,000 pounds of food from area distributors to the event. Volunteers will place the food on tables near the trucks and the residents will then able to “shop”, choosing items that they need.

“If you coming, please bring your own bags or cart to carry the food,” said Wayne Barton of the  Wayne Barton Study Center, which is supplying the food.

Recipients of food will be required to sign up to volunteer for two or four hours with a local nonprofit organization or make a $6 donation. The nonprofits include KOP Mentoring Network, Milagro Center, Achievement Centers for Children and Families and Village Academy.

KOP Mentoring Network, formerly Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network, is a character building, mentorship and gang prevention program designed to foster leadership, academic success and civic-mindedness in youth ages 7 to 17.  Since 1991, the organization has mentored at-risk, high-risk and underserved youths in ways that lead to meaningful change in their lives.

Saturday’s event is open to the public and is sponsored by the KOP Mentoring Network in partnership with the Delray Beach Police Department, CRA Media Group and Village Academy.

For more information, call 561-665-0151.

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