Family Meals receives Dyer Difference Award

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FORT PIERCE — Holidays are nearly all commemorated with a special meal. It’s a time for families to gather and share, celebrate, laugh, cry and make memories that will last a lifetime. For many in our area, though, holiday meals are a source of genuine anxiety.

Families who are among the working poor may not qualify for school lunches or food stamps, and other families simply fall through the financial cracks of the social services system. Fortunately, three times each year, Martha Taylor and the volunteers of Family Meals, Inc., coordinate outreach programs to gather donations of all the ingredients it takes to prepare a traditional family meal. Those ingredients are sorted, packaged and distributed to families in need, and it’s that tremendous teamwork and effort that caught the attention of the Dyer Difference St. Lucie Award Committee this month, garnering Family Meals the November Dyer Difference Award and a $3,000 check to help defray costs.

Taylor says that the goal of Family Meals is not to sustain families and residents throughout the year, but rather to provide three special holiday meals and the encouragement and ability to spend time together with family. She admits that many of the recipients of the specialty meals are hardworking members of the community for whom putting together a special holiday meal creates a genuine financial burden.

“Many of the individuals and families we serve are very proud and want to manage on their own,” said Taylor. “Our meal bags are full of staple ingredients which provide more than one meal. Often our recipients share their holiday meals with neighbors, extended family members, and friends or colleagues.” In 2015, more than 1,000 families were served by Family Meals, combining to create more than 4,500 meals.

Since relocating to the area in 2008, each month members of the Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce staff meet to review the applications that have been submitted and select one nonprofit organization to receive that month’s recognition and $3,000 award. For the Dyer family and the members of the Dyer Chevrolet Fort Pierce staff, it’s all about helping to make a positive difference in the community. For the recipients, it’s an acknowledgement of their tireless efforts to do the same and a much-needed financial boost to help further their missions.

Family Meals turns 4 years old

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Thank you to our celebrity bartenders and guests!

Celebrity Bartender’s Event November 9

Join the fun at our Celebrity Bartender’s Event at Cobbs Landing, Wednesday, November 9 beginning at 5:30. Introducing our bartenders in no particular order, Maddie Stapleton Williams with the Treasure Coast Ba, Philip Busch (last year’s winner) withSouthern Eagle Distributing Inc. Florida, Deejay GardnerGardner Lock Shop, Denise Davis Helms with Florida State Chapter NWTF, Monique Bruhn (last year’s winner) with Louden Bonded Pools, Dana Rheay Trabulsywith Treasure Coast Seminole Club and All Things Treasure Coast. Please support your favorite bartender and help provide Treasure Coast families with a Thanksgiving meal. The Bartender with the most tips wins! We’re thrilled to add Lynette Bereta Marraffa from www.TraxxEntertainment.comas our Master of Ceremonies! Donna Qvarnstrom- Burke is coming up with drinks and food specials. Everyone is donating their time to provide local families with a Thanksgiving meal. Join us!     http://cobbs-landing.com

Contact us if you have suggestions or comments 772-210-0900   email us familymealsfl@gmail.com Make a donation to your favorite bartender via paypal familymealsfl@gmail.com or mail a check! Family Meals, Inc. 4816 Sunset Blvd Fort Pierce, FL 34982

Family Meals, Inc. is a  a 501 (c)3  and we are 100% volunteer organization.

Celebrity Bartenders for Family Meals Inc

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 These volunteers will be selling raffle and 50/50 tickets. What a fun evening to help local families this Thanksgiving!

Please support our celebrity bartenders!

Bartender Deejay Gardner of Gardner Lock Shop in Fort Pierce is hosting a quarter auction.

Deejay’s post:  Please join us as I host a Quarters Auction on Monday evening, Oct. 24 for the benefit of Family Meals. All monies raised that evening, including all sales from my Avon table, will go to Family Meals for their Thanksgiving Outreach. We are going to have lots of laughs and fun, so put it on your calendar now and don’t miss out!

OH, And as a BONUS, for every 4 cans of veggies, or 2 boxed desserts you bring that evening, you will receive a ticket to a special raffle (and it will be good!!!!) 
The event will be held at the Fort Pierce Elks Lodge #1520 608 S 5th Street in Fort Pierce.
100% of profits go towards Deejay’s tip jar for our Celebrity Bartender’s Event on Wednesday, November 9 at Cobb’s Landing in Fort Pierce.  Celebrity Bartenders compete against each other for tips. The bartender with the most tips wins!
Please contact DeeJay at (772) 242-1427 for information. Call Family Meals at 772-210-0900 or email at familymealsfl@gmail.com
Celebrity Bartenders for Family Meals Inc

Celebrity Bartenders for Family Meals Inc

Bartender Denise Helms is hosting their first ever food drive for Family Meals, Inc. here on the Treasure Coast at their, “On the Rocks Round up, Saturday, October 8! Please bring a few cans or boxes of non-perishable food items to the Roundup for our first annual food drive! In exchange we will give you $20.00 worth of Raffle Tickets. They will also be accepting cash donations at the event, or you can add a donation when checking-out and purchasing your event tickets (located under the Merchandise tab). Our goal is to purchase 50 turkeys and collect 1,000 lbs of food for our local organization, Family Meals, Inc, who help provide ingredients to struggling working families to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, among other meals, in their own homes. 

Please purchase your tickets from the website on the flyer  below. You can contact Family Meals at 772-210-0900 for information.

 

Easter Food drive locations

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Fort Pierce locations:
Trinity Lutheran
2011 S. 13th St Street
FP

Gardner Lock Shop
2925 US-1
FP

Center State Bank
5001 okeechobee road
FP

Florida Cimmunity Bank
2500 Virginia Ave
FP

Seacoast
1901 S US 1
FP

PSL locations:
Grace Lutheran Church
555 Cashmere
PSL
City Electric Supply Port St Lucie
655 NW Enterprise Dr.
PSL
Thanks to Gary Brock at City Electric Supply we have locations in Okeechobee and Sebring!!
City Electric Supply Okeechobee
1111 SW Park St.
City Electric Supply Sebring
1411 Northwood Blvd.

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Happy New Year from Family Meals, Inc.

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St. Lucie County Proclamation!

St. Lucie County Commissioners voted a resolution proclaiming the month of April 2015 “Family Meals’ Month” in St. Lucie county! We are thrilled and humbled by the recognition and acknowledgement of our efforts.

 

April is Family Meals' Month in St. Lucie County!

April is Family Meals’ Month in St. Lucie County!

Comments from one of our families

It’s always good to hear feedback , especially from one of our families.

“We had such a wonderful time at dinner tonight and everyone loved answering the questions you included. What a great idea. It will become part of our tradition. We were so grateful to have fresh produce. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and from the happiness in our bellies. Still looking forward to warm apple pie in a little later. God bless you all. You sure blessed us:-)”

 

501(c)3 Disclaimer

Family Meals is a not for profit, charitable organization formed under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Family Meals are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes. There are no donation limits or restrictions on contributions to Family Meals.