‘Feed Flagler’ efforts in full swing

Andy Johnson, Flagler County special projects coordinator, directs volunteers working to assemble boxes of food at the Flagler County Airport during last year’s Feed Flagler effort.

News-Journal file/JIM TILLER

Right now “Feed Flagler” efforts are focused on stuffing drop-off locations with nonperishable food items so that no one in Flagler County will go without a traditional Thanksgiving meal, organizers said Thursday.

“We have a lot of new private partners this year,” said Andy Johnson, Flagler County’s special projects coordinator. “We’re very excited about it.”

It is the sixth year for the event organized by Team Feed Flagler, which is made up of government, civic, and religious groups with the goal of hosting a community-wide Thanksgiving celebration. Expertly prepared dinners will be served on Nov. 26-27 at five separate locations. Families who would rather prepare dinner at home can sign up through local churches for a take-home box that includes a frozen turkey and all of the fixings.

“The Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill (in Flagler Beach) has stepped up as a second meal location for Thanksgiving day,” Johnson said.

As in past years, Bunnell First United Methodist Church will also serve hot meals on Thanksgiving Day. Meals on Thursday will be served between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, meals will be served at First AME Church, 91 Old Kings Road N., from 3 to 6 p.m.; Hammock First Baptist Church, 5328 N. Oceanshore Blvd., 3 to 6 p.m.; and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Bunnell.

Volunteers are needed before and on the day of the event to box up collected food items and assist at meal sites, Johnson said.

Teams are being organized to collect canned goods, like Chicks with Cans, the United Way Women’s Initiative of Flagler team that annually collects about 60,000 pounds of food for this event and to keep food pantry shelves stocked throughout the year. Cash donations are also welcome.

“We calculated that a $10 donation will feed a family of four,” Johnson said. “If you want to make sure five families are fed, a $50 donation would do it.”

Dentist Dr. Mark Johnson in Flagler Beach and Beach Bronze Tanning in Palm Coast are “private partners” that have agreed to serve as drop-off sites, in addition to Palm Coast city offices and community center, the Beverly Beach Town Hall, the Government Services Building in Bunnell, Flagler County’s fire stations and the Palm Coast fire station on Belle Terre Parkway.

Ashley Moore-Leslie, owner of the tanning salon, is offering “tans for cans” from now through Nov. 15.

“We’ll give a UV tan on any bed for a can of food,” Moore-Leslie said. “You can get up to five free tans (in a 30-day period).”

She also offers $1 off spray tans for each can donated.

To volunteer, contact Flagler Volunteer Services at 386-597-2950 and provide a phone number or contact via email atflaglervolunteer@cfl.rr.com.

To contribute, make checks payable to the Flagler County Commission and mail them to the Flagler County Administrators Office, 1769 East Moody Blvd., Building 2, Bunnell, FL, 32110.

Teams can register through Joe Mayer, community services director, by email at jmayer@flaglercounty.org or by fax at 386-313-4107. Include the team name, the organization, the organization phone and fax numbers, as well as a contact person, phone number and email.

For more information, visit feedflagler.org.

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