Volusia County, FL-Public employees collected more than 184,000 pounds of food during the sixth annual countywide “Feed the Need” public employee food drive.
That breaks the 2015 food drive record in which “Feed the Need”
raised more than 120,000 pounds of food and brings the total of the
six-year program to 591,000 pounds of food collected.
Participating organizations included Volusia County Government; Daytona
State College; Volusia County School Way Café and Volusia Basket
Brigade; Florida Health Department in Volusia County; Tetra Tech;
Ashbritt, Inc.; and the cities of Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores,
DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Edgewater, Holly Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Orange
City, Ormond Beach, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange and South Daytona.
The food drive, the brainchild of Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen
and overseen by the county, took place Nov. 13 – 19 throughout Volusia
County as a friendly competition among public employees.
A separate element of the food drive included “Food for Fines” in
which library patrons with late fees received a $1 reduction of overdue
fines up to $25 for each boxed or canned non-perishable food item they
brought to the library. Food for Fines gathered 7,949 pounds of food.
According to Robert Thomas, branch manager of Second Harvest Food Bank
of Volusia/Flagler, the 184,000 pounds of food will feed more than 5,257
families for a week.
The food donation totals were announced during a presentation Dec. 15
to the Volusia County Council in DeLand. School Way Café was the top
collector among agencies, with the most pounds of food
collected—23,367 pounds— and the most food per full-time
employee—76.11 pounds per full-time employee. The food and funds were
distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers,
churches and other nonprofit organizations that are working to fight