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Pasco County to host holiday food giveaway for families in need

Two Pasco County elected officials are making sure low-income families can have holiday meals this December. 

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano and Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley are hosting the 24th annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway on Dec. 14.

The giveaway includes fresh food donated by Florida farmers to create holiday dinner spreads for hundreds of families in need.

“In addition to food donated by Florida farmers, we purchase hams, potatoes, canned goods and candy canes to supplement the fresh produce,” Fasano said. “We are blessed to partner with so many generous individuals and organizations whose support makes this giveaway possible. When so many Floridians are hurting it is wonderful to see our community come together to serve others.”

The giveaway is from 9-11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church at 9230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. It’s available to any family in need.

To supplement the fresh produce, nonprofit agencies and Publix donate other items, including meat, to create a full meal.

The food giveaway isn’t the only opportunity for families in need to get a little help this holiday season. Pasco County also hosts events offering help for families to provide gifts for children and other food sharing events to stock residents’ pantries.

The nonprofit organization Feeding Tampa Bay hosted U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor Monday to remind residents that families are in need every day, not just around the holidays. That group, which serves 10 counties including Pasco, provides food for families and partner organizations year-round.

Their available food changes on a regular basis and includes anything from common household food items and pantry staples to fresh meat like pork, chicken, beef and even catfish.

Families more fortunate this holiday season can contribute to any of the Pasco County charitable giving events or to Feeding Tampa Bay to help make sure families are able to enjoy healthy holiday meals and everyday healthy foods or give their children the chance to enjoy holiday gifts.

Information on Pasco County giving opportunities is here. Feeding Tampa Bay contributions can be made here.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

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