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New Port Richey FarmNet Organic Food Drive Collection Day Dec. 9

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on December 5, 2017

Join in the Third annual organic food drive in New Port Richey

In cooperation with Wright’s Natural Market, New Port Richey FarmNet will have a collection day on December 9, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., at Wright’s Natural Market — 6630 US Hwy. 19, New Port Richey.

Folks can purchase USDA certified organic products at Wright’s on the day of the collection, and leave them with volunteers from FarmNet who will be at the store. USDA organic foods purchased elsewhere can also be dropped off on the collection day.

Wright’s Natural Market is a supporter of New Port Richey FarmNet and one of the major contributors to the organic food drive.  Other major contributors are Friendship Farms & Fare, West Pasco Habitat for Humanity, and Grand Gardens.

The organic food drive is an annual project of New Port Richey FarmNet with a mission to bring high quality food to families who would otherwise not have access and to raise the awareness of the community to the benefits of organic foods.

The holiday organic food drive aims to make an immediate and gratifying change in the way we think about those we help by sharing healthy, nutritious, and good food with persons in need of good nutrition. FarmNet asks participants, supporters, and the general public to join them by dropping off food or sending in contribution to help the cause.

Judging from the content of many collection containers, too often food shared in support of the less fortunate is of low quality, highly processed, perhaps unhealthy, likely genetically modified, and almost never organic. Why not give the best to those in greatest need?

“Why give poor food to folks reaching out for sustenance?  Why not express our care, compassion, and kindness in a thoughtful manner, by taking just a little time to find high-quality, nutritious organic food to share with those who would most benefit?” said Dell deChant, a member of the Pasco County Food Policy Council and a member of the FarmNet leadership team.

Organizers recommend acquiring food for the drive at Wright’s Natural Market (6630 US Hwy. 19, New Port Richey), a local market and FarmNet supporter, which features a wide selection of high quality organic and natural foods, beverages, and supplements.

Monetary contributions for the organic food drive may be sent to:  Friendship Farms & Fare, PO Box 596, New Port Richey, FL 34656-0596.

All resources received for this event are tax-deductible and will be used exclusively to purchase food for the organic food drive. Any financial support to cover cost of materials, supplies, and transportation is also greatly appreciated. Checks may be made out to Friendship Farms & Fare, a branch of Ecology Florida (a 501 C 3, not-for-profit organization).

For more information about the organic food drive, call Sylvia Spencer at (727) 269-1786.

If you cannot make it to the collection day, drops off can be made at three other locations:

Wright’s Natural Market
– 6630 US Hwy. 19, New Port Richey
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity – 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey
Sunday only Grand Gardens – 5721 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey