On October 31 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Palm Beach County Convention Center will host their first annual “Trick or Treat so Palm Beach County Can Eat”, Drive by, Drop Off Food Drive, with the support of local county entities benefiting the Palm Beach County Food Bank.
On Halloween, individuals can drive into the Palm Beach County Convention Center’s front main entrance off Okeechobee Boulevard, drop-off donated canned food items and trick or treat!
“We want to make it simple for the community to donate,” says General Manager, Dave Anderson of the Palm Beach County Convention Center. “The event will start from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. when parents pick-up their kids from school and daycare. We want to make it a fun and safe way to trick or treat for a good cause”.
Anderson said the food drive idea developed after the convention center staff learned the number of people starving within our own county.
The Palm Beach County Food Bank website states almost 64,000 children in the county are at risk of going to sleep hungry.
“1 in 6 individuals in our community do not know where their next meal will come from. The staff at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, TDC Agencies and local hotel partners want to challenge everyone to help feed these children and families,” says Anderson.
Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council including Discover the Palm Beaches, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Film & Television Commission as well as our hotel partners Hilton West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Marriott are committed to participating and promoting the event within the community.
“When the convention center approached us with the idea, we instantly responded when and where, we’ll be there,” Glenn Jergensen, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council says. “This is a problem in our community we can help fix. Our office and staff are excited to be involved.”
Leading up to the event, individuals can drop-off donations at any one of the partner’s locations. “We need to join together as a community and lead this initiative in helping feed those in need,” says Anderson.
Some of the most needed items include: canned stew, chili, soups, fruit, vegetables, meats (tuna, salmon and chicken), meals such as ravioli and spaghetti O’s & tomato products, pasta, rice, cereal, mac & cheese, peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, jelly in plastic containers and juice.
The Palm Beach County Convention Center encourages those who drive by to wear Halloween costumes, instantly entering them into the center’s costume contest.
First prize winner receives a $100 Visa gift card and second prize winner receives a movie basket including two movie passes donated by Muvico Parisian 20 & IMAX CityPlace, candy and popcorn. Winners will be announced the following day on the center’s social media outlets.
For more information about the food drive, visit the “Trick or Treat so Palm Beach County Can Eat” Facebook event, or www.pbconventioncenter.com.