Solar Bears Join up with Community Food & Outreach Center to Help Hungry and Needy Families

Scott Tanski, Solar Bears Staff, Dancers, Shades, and OYHA Youth Hockey Players will Assist with Turkey Distribution on Monday, November 24

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced today that for the third straight year the Solar Bears will team up with the Community Food & Outreach Center to help Bryce AneloskiCentral Florida families in need around the Thanksgiving holiday. Representatives from the Solar Bears will be on location from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon).

On Monday, November 24th, Solar Bears forward Scott Tanski, staff, management, team mascot Shades, Solar Bears Dancers, OYHA players, Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill, and other Central Florida volunteers will help lead the Community Food & Outreach Center’s “Hopeful Harvest” Thanksgiving outreach event at their Downtown Orlando Campus. This event is designed to get much needed help for many families struggling to break free from poverty and help them avoid going hungry this Thanksgiving season.

“We are proud to continue this tradition of helping Central Florida families during the holiday season,” said Orlando Solar Bears President/CEO Jason Siegel. “The  CFOC was the first group the Solar Bears partnered with after coming Out of Hibernation in November of 2011, and we have continued to support each other’s missions ever since. It is always a pleasure to work with Scott George, Eric Gray, and their team at the CFOC.  They are a tremendous asset within our community.”
Community Food & Outreach Center
“This is an important time of year for families to gather together and we are fortunate to have so many friends who chose to help by providing food in a dignified, sustainable manner,” said Eric Gray, Executive Director of the Community Food & Outreach Center. “We are excited to invite 350 families in need to our center for Thanksgiving dinner and couldn’t do this without partners like the Orlando Solar Bears.”

Over 300 families in need have already signed up to receive Thanksgiving meals at the Community Food & Outreach Centeron Monday, with over 350 families estimated to receive aid at the “Hopeful Harvest” event. Families will also have an opportunity to receive free flu shots, courtesy of Walgreens, during the event.

About the CFOC:
Community Food & Outreach Center provides food and hope to those in need in Central Florida. We do this by helping struggling families get a hand-up to get their basic needs met, connecting those in crisis with the resources and tools needed to get back on their feet and prevent homelessness, and providing the training and skills needed to help our neighbors get back on their feet, regain hope for their lives, and achieve their dreams.

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