During this holiday season Ruth Eckerd Hall is proud to once again join HEP, the Homeless Empowerment Program, to help collect food for homeless individuals and families in Pinellas County. The public is invited to help too.

Beginning today, Tuesday, December 5, through Sunday, December 31, when attending any performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall or the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, the public may bring non-perishable food to donate in one of the HEP containers conveniently located in the lobby of each theatre.

The public may also donate non-perishable food at Ruth Eckerd Hall during business hours. Those making donations to the Raymond James Ticket Office or to the Administrative Office lobby at Ruth Eckerd Hall, will receive a flyer with a special offer to purchase discounted tickets to one of these four upcoming Broadway performances:

  • ANNIE on Thursday, February 22, 2024
  • Little Women on Saturday, March 9, 2024
  • Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance on Friday, March 22, 2024
  • Shrek on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 and Wednesday, April 24, 2024

There are restrictions on this offer and it is limited. The Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall is open Tuesday through Thursday, from noon to 6pm, Friday, from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday, from noon to 6pm. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Administrative Office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 5pm ONLY.

Each year, HEP serves more than 80,000 meals in their state-of-the-art dining hall. The food service staff is always in need of all kinds of food items including canned fruits and vegetables, canned tomato sauce, dry pasta and rice, cereal, oatmeal, condiments and more.

HEP is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Since 1986, their Mission has been to provide homeless and low-income families and individuals, including Veterans, with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. Their goal is to break the cycle of homelessness for any individual or family in need of assistance.

For more information on HEP, please visit https://www.hepempowers.org/about/.