Hospice wants to help 'Stuff that Backpack'

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By The Staff

Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores have partnered with Interfaith Emergency Services to


“Stuff that Backpack” with a food drive, Aug. 16-21. Food 4 Kids started in 2003 feeding about 50 children in 3 schools and now are in 26 schools and feed over 1,400 children weekly, 3 meals on Saturday and Sunday. A food filled back pack is sent home on Friday. The child returns the back pack on Monday and the process starts again. Interfaith Emergency Services is a not for profit organization established in 1983 to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families in crisis. Interfaith Emergency Services~ Serving the Least, The Last and The Lost.

Food drive donations will be collected at the Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores and the donations will be delivered to Interfaith Emergency Services headquarters on Aug. 23. The most needed items are: individual size/servings of cereal, milk (shelf-stable, non-refrigerated), juice boxes, fruit cups, pudding cups, canned soup, macaroni and cheese, crackers, snack bars, canned pasta, canned meat and snacks (no candy-pretzels, cookies, raisins.) For additional information on Interfaith Emergency Services please see their website at: interfaith-marion.org.

Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores are at 10325 S.E. Highway 441, ( K-Mart Shopping Center), Belleview; 6114 S.W. State Road 200, (Jasmine Square); and 7578 S.E. Maricamp Road, (Heather Island Plaza) in Silver Springs Shores. The stores are open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donations are accepted daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The net income from the Thrift Shops goes directly to patient care services.