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PGA Village Community and The Legacy Golf and Tennis Club Support Grace Packs

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Beginning Aug. 15 until Sept. 15, PGA Village residents may drop off peanut butter in support of Grace Packs Inc.’s efforts to fight childhood hunger in St. Lucie County. Thanks to Aldo Burga, Head Tennis Professional at the Legacy Golf and Tennis Club, a bin will be placed outside the tennis office for donations. The Legacy Club address is 9000 Clubhouse Drive. Upon entering the Club’s driveway the Tennis Club is on the right.

Grace Packs Inc., a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit, provides weekly weekend meals for students whose families struggle with hunger. Feeding America statistics reveal that this past year, an estimated 20.4% of children in St. Lucie County have struggled with food insecurity. Grace Packs Inc. was created in 2011 when Oak Hammock K-8 cafeteria manager, Lisa Ferrick and teacher Laura Klosterman, noticed children were hoarding and stealing food from the school cafeteria. Other signs of hunger were children visiting the nurse's office on Mondays complaining of headaches or stomach aches.

Volunteers sort, pack and deliver hundreds of meals weekly from a centralized pantry space donated by Sunlight Community Church. Thanks to the efforts of these volunteers, children carry home breakfast, lunch and dinner items on the weekends. At the end of the past school year, approximately five hundred forty-one students were receiving food assistance. Recently a teacher helping students with the food program in her school noted, “Grace Packs gives them confidence and makes them feel loved.”

Why peanut butter? Peanut butter is the perfect protein, has a long shelf life and is loved by kids and parents alike! The Peanut Butter Brigade was founded in 2020 to assist Grace Packs in adding peanut butter to their regular weekly menu. Prior to the Brigade’s creation, peanut butter was only offered once or twice a year. Thanks to a generous St. Lucie County community more than 4000 jars were donated during the last school year. Since children take their meals home in bags and backpacks, 12-17 oz jars are best though all sizes are welcome. Anyone interested in joining the mission of feeding hungry local students through giving financially, hosting a food drive or volunteering, can visit www.gracepacks.org to learn more. For those not residing in PGA Village and who would like to donate, please contact Grace Packs Inc. Director Laura Klosterman at director@gracepacks.org.

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