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Black Tie Blue Jeans Bingo Event

Family Meals, Inc. presents our signature Black Tie, Blue Jeans & Bingo Event with a twist! 5 Bingo games, all 5 Bingo prizes valued over $500.00 each! Join us for a fun evening with mixed formal and carefree! This event is fun, flirty, offering delicious cuisine, and music .
Guests are encouraged to wear either Blue Jeans, Black tie, or both. Guests may wear denim and diamonds, high-tops, jackets and jewels, cocktail dresses as well as gowns!
Our Black Tie Bingo event is very popular, and this year we’ve added an extra level of enticement and excitement. Come and check out the dessert bar!
Cash bar
passed appetizers
plated dinner
dancing
5 Bingo games ( each with a $500.00 prize to the winner)
dessert bar
All this for a modest ticket price of $75.00 per ticket
Get your tickets now. familymealsinc.org and click on the donate button to purchase your tickets. Or email familymealsfl@gmail.com to mail in a check.
Chances to win awesome raffle prizes
Guests are encouraged to wear either blue jeans or Black Ties.
Sponsors are needed levels begin at $500.00 and go to $1500.00. Family Meals is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit.
Event proceeds will go towards Family Meals’ Easter Outreach.
Event begins at 6:00 sharp on Saturday, January 26 at the beautiful Pelican Yacht Club on the Inlet in Fort Pierce.
NO tickets will be sold at the door.
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Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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Thank you!

October/Fall Quarter Auction

St. Lucie Battery & Tire Changing oil changing lives

September’s ‘Changing Oil Changing Lives’ donations go to Family Meals, Inc! Family Meals works to provide the ingredients for a holiday home cooked family meal for the working poor, and for families who may not qualify for food stamps or free school lunch programs. Getting your oil changed at any SLBT location in September will help support this awesome local organization!

https://slbatterytire.com/blog/view/feeding-families

Celebrity Bartender 2018

Don’t miss Family Meals’ 4th Celebrity Bartender’s Event at Cobb’s Landing in Fort Pierce Wednesday, November 7.

We are proud of our celebrity bartender’s line up.
Introducing our bartenders in no particular order, Maryann Wolonowski, Frankie Lott, Carissa Zerga, Wendie Smith, Clifford Pearl, and Tina Klein, WOW, what a line up! Thank you bartenders!

Donna Qvarnstrom- Burke of Cobbs Landing is coming up with drink and food specials for this special evening.

All bartenders are donating their time to provide local families with a Thanksgiving meal!
Remember, tips = turkeys. 100% of money raised goes to purchase turkeys for families this Thanksgiving.

Bartenders are already busy raising tip money. Watch this page for information regarding their individual fundraising events.

Bartender will the most tip money gets a big trophy!
Join us! Please call Family Meals 772-210-0900 visit our website familymealsinc.org or email us at familymealsfl@gmail.com for info, raffles and drawings throughout the evening. Don’t miss this great event while helping Treasure Coast families this Thanksgiving.

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

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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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.