Holiday Food Drives

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The City of North Port hosts two annual food drives and a toy drive during the holiday season to help families.

During the month of November, the City hosts an annual Mayors' Feed the Hungry Food Drive. The food donations are provided to the Mayors' Feed the Hungry program for distribution.

During the month of December, the City hosts an annual 12 Days of Giving food and toy drive.

Here are the details for 2015:

Mayors' Feed the Hungry Food Drive

The City of North Port is sponsoring a Mayors’ Feed the Hungry food drive, which will kick off on Monday, November 9, 2015 through November 20, 2015.

Residents, organizations, and businesses are encouraged to donate nonperishable food items to help Sarasota County residents in need.

Suggested donations include: canned goods (meats/fruits/vegetables/soups); pasta/rice/beans; spaghetti sauce & spaghetti; peanut butter & jelly; cereals; juices (canned/boxed); cake mix & frosting; baby food/formula; diapers/baby wipes; paper products (towels/toilet paper/cups/plates); and plastic products (zip-top bags/plastic wrap/disposable containers).

Donations may be dropped off in the first floor lobby of City Hall, 4970 City Hall Blvd., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

For more information about the food drive, call the City’s Community Outreach Division at (941) 429-7165. Those who are interested in the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program can find more information on the website at http://mayorsfeedthehungry.org/ or can contact them directly on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MayorsFeedTheHungry.  

12 Days of Giving food and toy drive

The City of North Port is sponsoring its 9th Annual 12 Days of Giving, which will kick off on Monday, November 30, 2015 through December 11, 2015.

Residents, organizations, and businesses are encouraged to join City employees as they give back to the community by donating unwrapped toys, nonperishable food items, and toiletries that will be distributed to our North Port neighbors in need.

Toys appropriate for birth to age 14 should be new and unwrapped. No stuffed animals please. All toys will be distributed to North Port families through a partnership between the City’s Toy Chest Program and the U.S. Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots. Contact the City’s Social Service Division at (941) 429-3700 for more information about registration.

Nonperishable food items are needed to fill St. Vincent de Paul’s local food pantry to be distributed to North Port families. Suggested donations include: canned goods (meats/fruits/vegetables/soups); pasta/rice/beans; spaghetti sauce & spaghetti; peanut butter & jelly; cereals; juices (canned/boxed); cake mix & frosting; baby food/formula; diapers/baby wipes; paper products (towels/toilet paper/cups/plates); and plastic products (zip-top bags/plastic wrap/disposable containers).

Personal toiletry items, bicycles (new or used), backpacks, and school supplies are needed for the North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children (locally referred to as the “Backpack Angels”), which helps local homeless students.

Donations may be dropped off through Friday, December 11, 2015 in the first floor lobby of City Hall, 4970 City Hall Blvd., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or at the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 West Price Boulevard, between the hours of 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Donations can also be brought to the Tree Lighting and Poinsettia Festival presented by Suncoast Credit Union. The festival will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015 at the City Center Complex, 4970 City Hall Blvd.

For more information, call the City’s Social Services Division at (941) 429-3700.