Drive Out Hunger 2017

Hardee Help Center's Drive Out Hunger Campaign places the power to make a meaningful difference in the fight to end hunger and avoid homelessness directly with our Campaign Sponsors, and in your hands. The efforts of everyone involved make a difference in the amount and variety of foods and services we are able to provide to families in need.















Heartland Music Fest - One Series & Fundraiser - November 4th & 5th

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hardee Help Center.

As a celebration of faith and unity of the church, The Heartland Music Fest - One Series, along with all of the other fun, will feature music from local churches & individuals while raising money for two great organizations - SendMeMissions and Hardee Help Center.  There are two ways to buy tickets to benefit these organizations. Just mention the fundraiser when you arrive and purchase your tickets that day. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

Winn-Dixie Food Drive - November 4th

Hardee Help Center will have a table set up from 8am - 3pm outside the Wauchula Winn-Dixie (1133 South 6th Avenue, Wauchula, FL 33873). Food and monetary donations will be accepted during this event to support the program services provided to local families throughout the year. 












2017 Drive Out Hunger Collection Sites 

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at any of the locations

below during their normal business hours.

[Company: Address: Coordinator]

The Herald-Advocate: 115 South 7th Avenue, Wauchula: Nancy Davis (Public Donation Collection Site)

Florida Dept of Health-Hardee (Employee Food Drive)

City of Wauchula (Employee Food Drive)

Hardee County Public Library: 315 North 6th Avenue, Wauchula: Dee Shackelford (Public Donation Collection Site)

Cricket Wireless: 130 North 6th Avenue, Wauchula: Jessica Ramos (Public Donation Collection Site)

2017 Drive Out Hunger Schools & Groups 

Contact the school or group's Collection Site Coordinator to contribute to their food drive.


South Florida State College: 2968 US Highway North, Bowling Green: Katrina Blandin

North Wauchula Elementary School: 1120 N Florida Ave, Wauchula: Megan Christian

Wauchula Elementary School: 400 S Florida Ave, Wauchula: Janeen Gibson

Hardee Junior High School: 2401 Hwy 17 North, Wauchula: Amiee Smith

Bayside Community Church: 615 Rainey Boulevard, Wauchula: Erik & Lydia Quintana

Bowling Green Elementary School: 4530 Church Avenue, Bowling Green: Sierra Prescott

Homeschool Cooperative: Jeannie Palacios

Hardee High School Key Club: Filomena Atchley

*Check back as locations are being added weekly.


2017 Drive Out Hunger Caring Citizens 

These food drives intended to support the Drive Out Hunger Campaign are coordinated by individuals (Caring Citizens) not associated with civic, church, or school groups.

Email to request contact information for any of the Coordinator's below.

What are the most needed food items?

Although cash donations are the easiest and most efficient way to donate, we appreciate each and every food donation as well. Our most needed items are protein items, complete meals in a can or box, and grains.


2017 Drive Out Hunger Monetary Donations can be mailed to:


Donate directly to HHC: 

2017 Donation Form

Hardee Help Center 

Attn: DOHC

Post Office Box 422

Wauchula, FL 33873




2017 Drive Out Hunger Serving Opportunities include weighing, sorting, and stocking food donations.

Register, and let us know you will be stopping by:



Hardee Help Center

713 East Bay Street · Wauchula, FL 33873


Dates & Times:

Thursday, November 9th; 9:00am - noon

Wednesday, November 15th; 9:00pm - noon

Monday, November 20st; 9:00am - noon



Get Involved!

Anyone can host a food drive.

Each drive can be custom-made to fit your needs and abilities, whether it is hosted by you, your family, a large corporation or small church group. You set the goal and the duration. You provide the location and imagination. 


The best place to start is to register your drive by clicking on “Start a Drive."


Frequently Asked Questions

If you cannot find the answer to your question here, please refer to the Coordinator’s Manual, or email your questions to


How do I sign my organization/group up to host a Drive Out Hunger Food Drive?

Click on Start a Drive above. Once we receive your registration, we’ll send you a confirmation email.


Do you have food or money collection containers to use? Where can I get them?

Yes, we have both money and food collection containers. However, we have limited supplies. If you are hosting a large drive and are in need of multiple containers, we can discuss the best way to arrange this. You are also welcome to use your own food donation containers.


What else does Hardee Help Center provide for my drive?

Additional basic materials for coordinating a drive, and hunger awareness material are found below.


Collection Container - A container with a wrap can be signed out and borrowed for the purpose of collecting food donations for Hardee Help Center's Drive Out Hunger campaign.

Yard Signs - A yard sign can be signed out and borrowed for the purpose of promoting your food drive.


Food Bag Items - Fill a bag with specific food items and deliver to a Collection Site or to the Hardee Help Center. 


A Place at the Table (Video Trailer) -  "A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry..."


Feeding America: Hunger in America  (Video) - "What is food insecurity?1 in 7 Americans struggles to get enough to eat. In fact, hunger or food insecurity exists in virtually every community in the United States. Learn more about how hunger impacts the country as a whole."

Map the Meal Gap - Food insecurity exists in every county and congressional district in the country. But not everyone struggling with hunger qualifies for federal nutrition assistance. Learn more about local food insecurity and the food banks in your community by exploring data from Feeding America’s annual Map the Meal Gap project.

Color and Share - Download and print these coloring sheets for your kids to color and share. They can be shared on your fridge, in your kid’s class or share on social media to raise awareness for the 1 in 5 kids struggling with hunger.

Talking Points - (Children and Elderly)Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important for establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation.  Use these talking points to help facilitate discussion. 

What should I do with my food and money donations when my drive is done?

Food and monetary donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is highly recommended to schedule a time to drop-off to insure a staff member will be available to direct and possibly assist with unloading the donations.





Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Joe L. and Patricia M. Davis Gift Fund

First National Bank of Wauchula

Walter and Carol Farr

The Bee Barn at Zolfo Springs

Superior O.K. Tire Company

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Wauchula State Bank

Suncoast Credit Union 

Heartland Association of Realtors

Wauchula Lions Club, Inc.

Pacer Marine Engineering Inc.



Purchase a $10 raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win $250. 

Tickets can be purchased by stopping by the HHC at 713 East Bay Street, Wauchula (9am - 2pm), calling 863-773-0034 to arrange pickup or delivery of ticket(s), or requesting local delivery by completing the online form

Winner of the drawing will be announced on Tuesday, December 19th at HHC;s Devotion & Lunch at 12pm.

Call us:


Find us: 

713 E Bay Street, Wauchula, FL 

Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday, 9am - 12pm, 1 - 2pm

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