Orlando Solar Bears “Give Thanks, Give Food” 2012

Community Food & Outreach Center Partners with Orlando Solar Bears to Help Hungry and Needy Families During Thanksgiving

On Monday November 19th, the Community Food and Outreach Center and the Orlando Solar Bears will co-sponsor Give Thanks, Give Food, a fundraising, food-drive and awareness-raising event on the Center’s downtown location from 12pm to 2:30pm. The goal of the event is to help over 300 hungry and needy families avoid hunger and break free from poverty this Thanksgiving season.

What: Charity event Give Food, Give Thanks

When: Monday, November 19th, 12pm-2:30pm

Where: 150 W. Michigan Street, Orlando, FL 32806

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Why: Raise funds, food and awareness for needy families, distribute emergency food boxes.

The management and players of the Orlando Solar Bears, and other Central Florida volunteers will help lead the Community Food & Outreach Center’s “Give Thanks, Give Food” Thanksgiving outreach event at their Downtown Orlando Campus on November 19th from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. This event is designed to get much needed help for many families struggling to break free from poverty, and help them avoid going hungry this Thanksgiving season. “Give Thanks, Give Food” will kick off with an emergency food box distribution event for hungry families, and a variety of crisis services at the campus to help these families get back on their feet.

“People are hurting and hungry in record numbers in our community right now, and it is our privilege to work with the Orlando Solar Bears and other caring advocates who are stepping up this holiday season,” says Andrae Bailey, executive director of the Community Food & Outreach Center. The charity provides hunger relief programs, crisis relief and other holistic help for families in need in Central Florida. “We are seeing more children and families in need than ever before, and it means so much to these hurting families to have companies and community leaders give back in such a meaningful way,” said Bailey.

The goal on event day is to present Thanksgiving food and other services to over 300 families, as well as help many of these families find tools and resources to move them back to a place of self-sufficiency. Much of the food that will be distributed will be donated by the fans of the Orlando Solar Bears who will host a food drive during their game on Sunday, November 18th.

“We are honored to be aligned with such a wonderful community partner. Orlando families in need can count on Orlando Solar Bears fans,” said CFOC Board Member and Solar Bears Managing Partner Jason Siegel.

“We have hundreds of families that need help this holiday season, and for many of them hope begins with a meal this Thanksgiving,” said Scott George, Co-Founder of Community Food & Outreach Center.

About: Community Food & Outreach Center provides food and hope to those in need in Central Florida. We do this by helping struggling families get a hand-up to get their basic needs met, connecting those in crisis with the resources and tools needed to get back on their feet and prevent homelessness, and providing the training and skills needed to help our neighbors get back on their feet, regain hope for their lives, and achieve their dreams.

About the Orlando Solar Bears: The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and AHL’s Houston Aeros, having started their Out of Hibernation season and will play 36 regular season home games at the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center. On Sunday, November 18th fans attending the Solar Bears afternoon game can bring non-perishable food items to the game for a chance to win an autographed Solar Bears jersey.