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Mike Fasano again partners with elected officials, businesses and farmers for latest holiday food giveaway

Too many people would otherwise go without.

Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano and several other local elected officials are hosting the 25th Annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway later this month.

Fasano, along with Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, Property Appraiser Gary Joiner, Sheriff Chris Nocco, Sen. Ed Hooper and Reps. Ardian Zika and Amber Mariano, will hand out fresh food and meat for holiday meals from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at Faith Baptist Church located at 9230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey.

Most of the food being given away will be donated by local farmers.

“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.”

Leaders and farmers come together each year to provide food for hundreds of families who might not otherwise be able to celebrate the holidays with a special meal.

The event provides food staples for traditional holiday meals and is further subsidized through donations from Publix Supermarkets, Ferman Chevrolet, Land O’Lakes Moving & Transport, Bear Creek Nursing & Rehab Center, Dayspring Academy, The Volunteer Way, Lowe’s and others.

The giveaway event is open to any family in need.

Other local charities also provide food for families. The group Feeding Tampa Bay hosts mobile pantry opportunities. Trucks will be on hand True Prosperity Outreach located at 8751 N. 40th St. in Tampa from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Hernando County YMCA on Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the Mulberry Community Center on Thursday from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

A complete list of mobile food pantry dates and locations is available on the Feeding Tampa Bay website. There are also several permanent food pantries available on an almost daily basis for those in need throughout the Tampa Bay region. Locations for those are listed 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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