Grand Harbor awards $50,000 to Treasure Coast Food Bank

VERO BEACH — Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program recently awarded Treasure Coast Food Bank $50,000 through its annual grant process. The funds, the largest single grant ever given to an organization by Grand Harbor Community Outreach, will go toward providing meals to thousands of people in need in Indian River County.

“We are amazed at the generosity of Grand Harbor and their residents. With over 100,000 people seeking food assistance every week on the Treasure Coast, this donation will allow us to provide meals for many people in Indian River County who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Judy Cruz, CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Treasure Coast Food Bank is the largest hunger relief agency on the Treasure Coast, providing millions of meals and other basic resources to over 200 partner agencies through Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.

In addition to the money raised by Grand Harbor, this generous donation was made possible by a matching gift challenge from Grand Harbor Club members Joe & Cynthia Scherpf. The Scherpfs agreed to match dollar for dollar any donations up to $25,000.

Each year, members of Grand Harbor raise money to address unmet needs of groups and individuals in the areas of hunger relief, shelter, health, education, and human services in Indian River County.

According to Susanne and Doug Sweeny, VP and Co-Chairs of Philanthropy, Grand Harbor Community Outreach has had a record year, raising and donating over $280,000 to local agencies, and over $2 million since the outreach program began 11 years ago. 

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