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Help us feed a family in need this holiday season

By November 1, 2021January 5th, 2022No Comments

UPDATE: THANK YOU to our customers for donating a total of $16,170 worth of food through The Patch this year. 😊

The Patch also donated $156.50 for November to Dunedin Cares and the same total (what a coincidence!) to HEP for December with our Ban the Bag program.

That brings the final total of donations to $16,483 worth of food and monetary donations.


Your local and organic natural foods grocer, Nature’s Food Patch Market & Café in Clearwater and Downtown Dunedin, is collecting healthy foods to donate to families in need from November 1st through December 31st, 2021.

Customers simply grab and purchase a pre-packaged $10 bag of natural and healthy food. Nature’s Food Patch will donate it directly to the corresponding charity. All donations from their Clearwater store will go to Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP) and all donations from their Dunedin location will go to Dunedin Cares Food Pantry. Items donated are foods that the charities are in the most need of during the holiday season, such as canned goods, pastas and holiday foods. Last year, The Patch and its customers collected over $16,000 worth of food for the two charities. Customers may also choose the option of donating the bag while shopping for their groceries on Patch Curbside Pickup.

In addition to customer donations, Nature’s Food Patch will give their November and December Ban the Bag. Bring Your Own! donation to the charities. The Patch began this campaign on Earth Day of 2008. Since that time, they no longer use plastic shopping bags in their stores. To encourage customers to bring their own re-usable bags for groceries, they offer a 5¢ donation per bag to a different charitable organization each month.

About HEP & Dunedin Cares
The Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP) is a nonprofit organization that is recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive homeless shelters in Tampa Bay. Dunedin Cares, Inc. formed its nonprofit Food Pantry to address the “food insecure” pockets in Dunedin, FL in 2015.

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