Feeding The Hungry Inaugural ‘Sharing The Love’ Bash Feb. 16 In Wellington

Feeding the Hungry Inc. will host its inaugural fundraising event on Saturday, Feb. 16 with its “Sharing the Love” bash at the Wellington National Golf Club from 7 to 11 p.m.

The fast-growing nonprofit organization provides tutoring for children and ESOL classes to adults and distributes more than 20,000 pounds of food, as well as clothing, furniture, toys, appliances and home goods, to more than 400 families from five locations within Palm Beach County.

For 10 years, Feeding the Hungry Inc. has offered a restoration to humanity by giving back to those most in need within the community. The nonprofit was launched in 2009 by Omar Portocarrero, a pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in West Palm Beach, after visiting Casa del Monte, a mobile home community with roughly 670 units and more than 5,000 people, including 1,000 kids, desperately in need of assistance.

Throughout the years, Portocarrero and his band of volunteers has grown to a dedicated team of 15 people who tirelessly deliver food every Wednesday to local mobile home communities in Palm Beach County, as well as additional life necessities that are donated from local organizations, Realtors and members of the community.

In 2011, the organization was able to purchase a double-wide trailer to further its mission. The goal was to establish trusting relationships with the residents of Casa del Monte in order to improve the residents’ quality of life.

Throughout the years, the program has developed into serving five communities by distributing food to over 3,000 families a month. It now also offers financial assistance for rent, utilities and medicine.

Feeding the Hungry Inc. has a dream to expand locations and build a unifying 24,000-square-foot distribution and community support center that will house its program and also a soup kitchen, counseling services, storage capabilities and job skills classes all under one roof.

The fundraising “Sharing the Love” Bash will be held at the Wellington National Golf Club located at 400 Binks Forest Drive in Wellington. For more information, or to buy tickets to the Feb. 16 event, visit www.feedingthehungryinc.org.