Bid to Beat Hunger in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Spring Online Auction

Spring Online Auction Committee member Maureen Pringle displaying auction items she collected. Committee member Sue Dannahower, left with artist Lisa Jill Allison, displaying Allison’s donated piece for the auction.

Join Treasure Coast Food Bank in a bid to beat hunger during its Spring Online Auction for Hunger presented by Bank of America. It begins on April 23 at With more than 50 auction items donated for the event, there are numerous opportunities to assist children, families and seniors in need of food on the Treasure Coast.

“The number of people seeking groceries from our Food Bank has increased by 55 percent since pre-COVID days. Our Spring Online Auction will give everyone an opportunity to help their neighbors who may be struggling with food insecurity,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “While some people are able to gather together for events, others feel the need to remain socially distanced, so an online auction is a great way for everyone to get involved.  I’m so appreciative to have Bank of America as our presenting sponsor and very thankful for the many donors who already have supported us by providing items for the auction.”

Auction item: Flamingo painting
Auction item: Kid size ride-on toy

More than 50 items already have been donated from theme parks, entertainment venues, restaurants and other businesses. There will be something for everyone on your spring gift list.

Place a bid to beat hunger on Disney one-day Park Hopper passes, tickets to Busch Gardens, or admission to McKee Botanical Gardens. There’s also a wine tasting for 6 at Summer Crush Winery in Fort Pierce and a golf foursome from PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.

There are also several pieces of art from well-known area artists – Reel Art by Pat Sievers, a Highwayman-style painting by Doretha Hair Truesdell, an acrylic by Ann Steakin, and a mosaic picture frame by Anita Prentice, the artist behind the mosaic benches located throughout Fort Pierce.  The auction also will include an original limited edition A.E. Backus print.

Fans of pampering gifts won’t be disappointed with choices including a one-hour Swedish massage, complementary consultation and Botox, and Vera Bradley purses.

Need a kid-sized gift? The auction will include a 6-volt battery-powered authentic BMW i8 concept ride-on toy car and a kid-sized Yamaha Raptor 700r ride-on ATV.

Sponsorship opportunities still are available. Anyone wanting to become a sponsor or donate an auction item can contact Beverly Shea at

The auction opens at 8 a.m. Friday, April 23, and concludes at 11 p.m. Sunday, May 2. But if you’re chasing a popular item, you may find yourself in a bidding war where time is extended an additional 10 minutes with each new bid.

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Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to, visit our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at