Tribute to Linda Swain

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Bob & Linda Swain

Bob & Linda Swain

On behalf of all the volunteers and Board Members of Family Meals, Inc. it is with deep sadness and regret to share with you Linda Swain unexpectedly passed away peacefully in her home, Tuesday, April 10. She was surrounded by her loving family.

When Linda began volunteering with Family Meals, she and her daughter Christy delivered meals. Linda immediately began recruiting drivers, organizing routes, and and quickly solicited many of her family members to help Family Meals. Linda’s participation and commitment has propelled the success of Family Meals, Inc.

Linda’s passion to help others, especially families is unparalleled. She was a silent, but a mighty force. She was always speaking and reaching up for anyone who was struggling and who needed a helpful hand. Linda was everyone’s cheerleader. She will be remembered as a selfless volunteer and leader who always put others before herself.

She was a treasured friend to all of us. We are all heartbroken and deeply saddened.

Please keep Linda’s family and friends in your prayers as we walk this journey together.

Linda’s service is entrusted to All County Sunday April 15

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
All County Treasure Coast Chapel
1010 NW Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34994

Celebration of Life will be immediately after the service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Pierce, (trinitychurch4u.com) All are welcome. If you’d like to donate food or can help set up/clean up, please contact Martha Taylor 772-370-0891 .

http://www.allcounty.com/obituaries/Linda-Fontanez-Swain?obId=3059973#/obituaryInfo

Easter Outreach 2018

Family Meals, Inc. is getting ready for their  Easter Outreach 2018 and we need your help.  We will deliver meal ingredient food bags on Saturday, March 24  beginning at 7:00 in the morning at Trinity Lutheran Church (trinitychurch4u.com)  Fellowship Hall. We need lots of help.

If you are available to help unpack, pack, set up the distribution room at the church, sort potatoes, and help wherever needed either Friday, March 23  beginning at 1:00 and/or Saturday, March 24 beginning at 7:00 until noon, please sign up here:  https://www.volunteersignup.org/YC3DE

If you want to deliver our meal bags to families, please let us know by emailing

familymealsdrivers@gmail.com. You need a driver’s license and current auto insurance and will be asked to provide a copy of both. You also need a partner to help you. We never ask you to deliver to an area you feel unsafe. It is against our policy to deliver to anyone you know .

Statistics show children of families who share family meals have better grades, higher self-esteem, lower substance abuse, lower risk of depression, lower risk of eating disorders, lower rates of obesity and have a sense of belonging.  Simply sharing a family meal is the “magic bullet” families are looking for!

Family Meals’ volunteers are committed to showing families the importance of sharing a family meal. Family Meals, inc is not a food handout or a food pantry organization. Family Meals, Inc. is a 100% volunteer nonprofit, with no paid staff. If you can help us make a difference in our community, please let us know. We need you and encourage your suggestions and concerns.

This past Thanksgiving 2017 Family Meals, Inc. helped over 2,000+ families along the Treasure Coast! Family Meals, Inc.  was launched in 2012. In 2012 we helped 20 families. We’re humbled by your support.

Many local businesses are hosting food drives to help us off-set our food expenses. Please check our facebook page for additional  locations or look for our food drive signs and donate generously.    www.facebook.com/events/175658403211849

Fort Pierce

Trinity Lutheran Church

Open Arms

Polished Hair and Nail Salon

Gardner Lock Shop

Port St. Lucie

Grace Lutheran Church

Clear SEM Solutions

Treasure Coast Therapy Connections

Stuart 

Anchor Financial Services, CPA, PA

If you prefer to make a donation, paypal = familymealsfl@gmail.com click on the “donate” button familymealsinc.org

Or mail a check:

Family Meals, Inc.

4816 Sunset Blvd

Fort Pierce, FL 34982

Family Meals, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, all volunteer, with no paid staff.

Please share a couple hours of your time to make a huge difference to families along the Treasure Coast this Easter.  Thank you for  supporting Family Meals, Inc. https://www.volunteersignup.org/YC3DEtable picture

Black Tie Bingo

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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.

Celebrity Bartenders 2016

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Family Meals turns 4 years old

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Family Meals’ Founder receives awards

February  2016 Family Meals, Inc. founder Martha Taylor received the Randy Osteen Community Service Award from the Fort Pierce Rotary. http://www.fortpiercerotary.org/  The Randy Osteen Community award is given to the community’s unsung heroes.  rotary check

 

March 2016 Family Meals, Inc. founder Martha Taylor was one of the WPTV Channel 5’s  five Jefferson Award winners.  The Jefferson Awards Foundation is America’s gold seal of public service.  http://www.jeffersonawards.org

Please watch the video interview:   http://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/organization-promotes-good-food-and-good-conversation

A Night at the Oscars

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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.

Join us for a Night at the Oscars

What a night! Thanks to everyone who supported us for our Night at the Oscars.  Two supporting awards went to Deejay Gardner and Monique Bruhn.

Debbie Reed received an award for past board member. Debbie was a founding board member when Family Meals launched its first outreach in 2012.

 

 

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As our family counts increase in overwhelming totals, our expenses do as well. We are 100% volunteer organization, as well as a 501©3 corporation. We do not receive assistance from the Treasure Coast Food Bank and we try to shop locally.

Please contact us at familymealsfl@gmail.com or call 772-210-0900 or call 772-370-0891 if you can help or want to purchase tickets. Tickets are $60.00 each.

 

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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.