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Rotary Club of WPB and PBC Food Bank enfolds on Feed Palm Beach County Day

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You’ve probably heard the expression, “bring someone into the fold”, but in context, what does or could it mean. According to Dictionary.com, FOLD: to surround as if with folds: He wished to enfold her in the warmth of his love. What happened is enfolded in mystery; to bring (the wings) close to the body, as a bird on alighting as to settle or stay after descending: The bird alighted on the tree. In short, to enfold is to embrace.

Embracing will take place when thousands of volunteers are expected to pack meals for over 100,000 people when they converge on Gaines Park in West Palm Beach for Feed Palm Beach County Day, Saturday, April 12. Five schools that maintain food banks will benefit from the proceeds of the day and get donations of non-perishable foods to help stock their shelves. Families who may need food assistance at Egret Lake Elementary, Gold Coast Community School, Meadow Park Elementary, Pleasant City Elementary, and Wynnebrook Elementary will all benefit from the efforts of the Rotary Club of West Palm Beach and the Palm Beach County Food Bank as they work to make the first Feed Palm Beach County Day a resounding success.

“Although educating our students is our primary focus, we know that many families these days struggle to make sure their children’s basic needs are met so at Wynnebrook, we try to make sure we can serve as a bridge to other community resources that can benefit our students,” said Wynnebrook Principal Jeff Pegg. “The food pantry is one small way we try to stay prepared to help—and organizations like the Rotary Club of West Palm Beach are great partners in that effort.” Almost 60% of the student population in the district qualify for free or discounted school lunch. The Food Bank reports that approximately 17% of Palm Beach County residents don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Each year, the Rotary Club also gives 15-20 principals of greater West Beach area schools $1,000 grants. They also give donations of toys and money to schools during the holidays to help families ensure happy holiday memories for their children. Organizers are still seeking volunteers to help out on Feed Palm Beach County Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested organizations and individuals should contact Tony Lofaso, 561.689.6775 or email tonylofaso@bellsouth.net.

Five schools that maintain food banks:

Egret Lake Elementary

Gold Coast Community School

Meadow Park Elementary

Pleasant City Elementary

Wynnebrook Elementary

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Mar. 2014

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