Fill the Patch RV: Give Food, Get Free Stuff

Join the Patch RV as it rolls through Dunedin on Sunday and Monday collecting food for hungry families. What's in it for you? Find out here!

Our lean, green Patch machine is reaching the end of its Tampa Bay tour, but not without having a little fun in Dunedin this Sunday and Monday

We'd love for you to come say "hello," and we'd love it even more if you bring a canned food item for our ! (Our goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of food for hungry families in Tampa Bay.) 

Here's a schedule of where we'll be (and what's in it for you!):

Patch RV Schedule

SUNDAY, May 20

 and Stirling Commons, noon to 3 p.m.

  • Who'll really dig it: Artistans, crafters, dog-lovers, music lovers.
  • What's happening: Dragonfly Garden has invited a bunch of worth attending. Ellen Schwanebeck has pulled out all the stops, with door prizes, special sales food, beverages and the tropic vibe of Caladesi Steel Band performing live. Plus, Dunedin Doggie Rescue is bringing some of its pups in need of a home. (Dunedin Patch has a special gift for each dog that gets adopted!)
  • Why go? For every canned food item we collect during this event, we'll donate $1 to new agility equipment at . Plus, for every Dunedin Doggie Rescue pup adopted, we're giving $10 to dog park improvements!

, 4 to 8 p.m.

  • Who'll really dig it: Food lovers and hungry people.
  • What's happening: We're parking our RV for a bite at the business voted BEST customer service in town!  
  • Why go? You can get a free side item if you bring a food drive donation. 


MONDAY, May 21

, 7 to 10 a.m.

  • Who'll really dig it: Morning people, coffee lovers, commuters, fans of eating breakfast.
  • What's happening: We're chillin' with our big RV for some breakfast with friends (that's you, silly!). Anyone up for a bagel and schmear? 
  • Why go? Get a free coffee if you bring a non-perishable donation for the Patch food drive!

, 6 p.m.

  • Who'll really dig it: Parents, kids, sports fans, youth baseball and softball players.
  • What's happening: We invite you to enjoy an evening at the ballpark, recapturing your youth and a little of America's pastime as the Dunedin Blue Jays face the Jupiter Hammerheads. 
  • Why go? Get a free voucher for a pair of tickets to a future Jays game if you bring a canned food item! And as a bonus, we're throwing in a free pizza party for The Dunedin Greater Little League team that brings the most players out to the game! (Be sure to sign in at the Patch tent to make your attendance count!)

If you can't make it to any events, you can still donate food to the cause. Just drop a non-perishable food item in a designated box at . We'll make sure it gets to the right place!

After Dunedin, the Patch RV continues its north Pinellas tour, picking up canned food all along the way. The next stops are in Largo, Clearwater and then, Palm Harbor! Help us reach our goal! 

Want a Free T-Shirt?

If you spot the Patch RV around town, we'll give you a free Patch T-shirt! Just snap a photo of the Green Machine and upload it to our RV gallery by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button above, or come up to the RV and say the secret phrase: "I spy something green." Everyone's a winner!

Chris Sansbury May 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Great Pic! We'll see you with our food on Monday!
Amanda Ilex May 16, 2012 at 03:56 PM
All around me, I see the soccer fields being tended to, re-sodded etc, I see the softball fields in perfect condition. I see an article where $120,974 was spent on two playgrounds. The one at Venech doesn't seem to be heavily used and the equipment seemed fine. I see a beautiful water park go up in Highlander Park, etc etc. Why does the agility equipment at the dog park have to be a charity event? Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the thought and work that went into the idea. I just don't get it. The City will do nothing to upgrade or maintain the dog park. There have been meetings between the users and the parks department bringing attention to many issues that need to be resolved and all they can is that sometime in the future they will move the water closer to the fence so that the dogs can be washed just prior to leaving. (Admitting you can’t use the dog park without your dog becoming filthy because of all the dirt patches) The current water fountain area has severe drainage problems, so the water just stays in puddles around the area There is no effort to help the grass grow to cover the several dirt spots, just mulch dumped that holds moisture and the bugs love. It floods during the rainy season and many people will not come during that time period for a variety of reasons, to include the possibility of leptovirus from the standing water.
Amanda Ilex May 16, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Then there was the article mentioning all the extra land the City has, I believe seven acres right at Vanech park, if this dog park is unfixable, why not have another park that can be used all year round and maintained. I just don’t get it. Or just try to make the current park better.
Katie Dolac May 16, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Hi Amanda! We approached the city to find out what it would take to fix the flooding concern. We even wanted to volunteer man hours to the project. But we were told the park is actually built on land that has the primary function of being a neighborhood water reservoir, where flooding is supposed to occur. The area just happens to double as a dog park. So with no other viable solution, we opted instead to update the equipment for now. I'm sure Patch would consider volunteering or helping with fundraising efforts in the future if a more viable solution comes about!
Monty Seidler May 16, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Righteous! Excellent Community Service1 See ya this weekend, Katie!
RVSalesOfBroward May 21, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Great use for an RV. Good work Patch! RVSalesOfBroward.com
Katie Dolac May 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Thanks! The community is really making this a great experience! Thanks to everyone who's made a food donation, hosted a box or allowed the Patch RV to take up precious parking real estate! We are closing in on our goal to reach 2,000 pounds of food for hungry families!


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