Community Joins Together to Help Feed 100+ Domestic Violence Survivors in Distress
January 4, 2016, St. Petersburg, FL- When quadrupling the size of your domestic violence center you witness great changes. Four times as many lives are forever improved, given a fresh start in a safer future. Four times as many children break the cycle of abuse and learn the emotional strength their guardian has. And, unfortunately, your food costs increase by a factor of four.
CASA is asking individuals and businesses to hold food drives at their Super Bowl parties, workplaces and favorite bars and restaurants throughout the months of January and February. Last July they opened their new 100-bed domestic violence center, and food donations have become their greatest need.
“We reached full capacity at the shelter within months of opening,” said Shandra Riffey, CASA’s Acting Executive Director. “We’ve put in cribs to accommodate children born during their mom’s time at the shelter and have had as many as 100 residents, including 55 children, living there at once. We’re talking about 100 people who have been given a chance to rebuild their lives… That’s a lot of people to feed!”
Momentum is growing as residents and businesses sign on to hold “Soup-er Bowl” food drives throughout southern Pinellas County. A list of donation drop-off locations and information on how to get involved are posted online at www.casa-stpete.org/souperbowl. Non-perishable food donations, checks and gift cards to supermarkets / wholesale clubs can also be brought to CASA’s administrative offices at 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg during normal business hours each Monday throughout the months of January and February. Donations will also be accepted Monday through Friday the entire week following Super Bowl Sunday.
While food remains at the top of their wish list, CASA maintains an up-to-date list of their most pressing needs at www.casa-stpete.org/wishlist. Individuals interested in providing monetary donations or their company’s services are encouraged to do so online at www.casa-stpete.org/donate or to contact John Biesinger, CASA’s Manager of Major Gifts, at 727-895-4912 x105 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acting Executive Director, CASA
CASA, Community Action Stops Abuse, has been providing lifesaving services to women, men, and children living with domestic violence since 1977. For more than 35 years, the community has relied on CASA to provide a safe refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, prevention, professional training, outreach, and community education to end domestic violence and bring hope, independence and peace to families in southern Pinellas county.
CASA’s vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place. CASA’s mission is to raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.