LARGO — Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Community Policing Unit loaded up their vehicles April 17 with holiday dinners destined for families in need throughout Pinellas County.

Deputies picked up the meals at the Publix in the Indian Rocks Shopping Center, 12022 Indian Rocks Road in Largo.

The project is an annual event that partners the Sheriff’s Office, the Indian Rocks Beach Rotary Club, Calvary Episcopal Church, Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue and Publix for helping families who might not otherwise be able to afford a traditional meal this holiday.

Deputies with the Community Policing Unit identified the families in need through their daily work in the community.

The meal includes a fully cooked ham, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, navy beans, sliced pineapple, peanut butter and grape jelly or macaroni and cheese, loaf of white bread, jelly beans, apple juice and iced tea.

Fifty families will benefit from the contributions this year. After loading their cruisers with meals, deputies made deliveries to dozens of homes in the Ridgecrest, Highpoint, Lealman and areas throughout north Pinellas County.

This is the 15th year these organizations have partnered for this event. Similar events are conducted for Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holiday.

Throughout the year, Calvary Episcopal Church continues their work through the Beach Community Food Pantry. The pantry is open every week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Calvary Episcopal Church.

The pantry is always accepting monetary donations and all non-perishable food products to keep the pantry going. If anyone would like to help with holiday meals, or the food pantry, call the Calvary Episcopal Church at 727-595-2374, or visit www.calvaryirb.org.

SOURCE: tbnweekly.com