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Hunger Task Force gives away 800 bins of food for families during the holidays

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Posted at 5:47 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 20:06:44-05

The Hunger Task Force is working overtime this holiday season. On top of the 50,000 people they serve each month, they're putting things into overdrive to ensure there aren't any families going hungry this holiday season.

"It's a very special time of year," Jonathan Hansen, Director of Development for the Hunger Task Force said. "The holidays are right around the corner. A festive holiday meal is a very powerful thing for those warm holiday memories you establish with family over the years."

Each box has roughly 30 items including a holiday ham and other festive fixings.

But also, much more.

"This is food that's going to provide a holiday meal for a family but also a week's worth of food," Hansen said. "This is a time when kids are facing hunger. They are growing up in a home. They want to understand what the holidays mean."

"You think about how so many of us take basic food for granted," Gary Sievewright, a volunteer from Raymond James said. "Many families out there would not have an appropriate family meal without this partnership."

The Hunger Task Force has also teamed up with TODAY'S TMJ4 for the 'Drop Off or Dial for Hunger Drive.' It takes place at the TMJ4 Studios on Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you can't drop off any food, we will hold a phone bank to raise funds.

"We're going to be having a food drive where people can drive right up to the TMJ4 studio," Hansen said. "We're going to have a phone bank call center set up where folks can call in to make cash donations to the Hunger Task Force. We'll raise funds and food all day for hungry families right before the holiday."