Plant City’s community rallies together after Irma

SOURCE: Plant City Observer

United Food Bank of Plant City aids community after Irma

The United Food Bank of Plant City is distributing food to anyone in need. Starting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, those in need of food picked up a bag of nonperishables, juice and bread. The service was provided free of charge through the end of the week. The service did not count as a regular pickup for the UFB’s clients.

UFB was giving each person approximately 20 pounds of food and families of four were given two bags to meet their needs. Hundreds of bags were filled by UFB and as people arrived, volunteers loaded the food into waiting vehicles. One man’s eyes filled with tears as Mary Heysek, the executive director of the UFB, placed a bag full of food in his back seat.

The shelves at UFB are nearly empty and Heysek said they are in desperate need of donations. United Way Suncoast gave $7,000 to replenish its shelves during the disaster, however, help from the community is always needed.

“We have a lot of donations from the community, but we definitely need more,” Heysek said. “We’re serving more than our normal clients so that’s hard, but the community is always good to us so I’m hoping people donate and I’m hoping word gets around that we’re offering this service so people know to come and get help.”

If you would like to donate any nonperishable items, UFB will be accepting donations anytime during normal business hours. The address is 702 E. Alsobrook St. # H.