Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Annual food giveaway set for Friday in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY

Hundreds of low-income families are expected at Tax Collector Mike Fasano's annual holiday food giveaway set for Friday.

This year's event promises to have a bipartisan flavor.

Fasano, a former state legislator, started the giveaway in 1994. The event has since grown in size and scope — luring more families while attracting a larger slice of Pasco's political establishment to hand out the bagged food.

The event, set for 10 a.m. to noon — no food will be given out before 10 a.m. — should lure a cross-section of Pasco's political elite. In addition to Fasano and state senators John Legg and Wilton Simpson, all Republicans, state Rep. Amanda Murphy, a Port Richey Democrat, is set to attend.

"It's grown every year," Fasano said, adding he expects 450 to 500 families to receive food. "We'll have 500 hams and 500 bags of potatoes, as well as canned goods."

Some gift cards will be available for those who miss out on the food. The giveaway is reserved for low-income families and those on Medicaid, SSI and food stamp assistance.

The event will take place at the Faith Baptist Church, 9230 Ridge Road. For more information, call (727) 844-7744.

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