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Free Food for Families
All Faiths Food Bank, which created the Campaign Against Summer Hunger nine years ago to fill a “hunger gap” for children who lose access to meals when school is out, is organizing more than 200 partners again this summer with the shared mission of providing food to children.
The campaign includes a fundraising period to raise matching funds as well as a community campaign. Organizers expect this summer to be particularly challenging as the pandemic, supply chain impacts, rising labor costs, and soaring inflation hit the at-risk community hard – especially children.
All Faiths Food Bank's partners include libraries, early learning centers, summer camps, and community centers throughout Sarasota and DeSoto counties. The food is provided through groceries, school pantries, family meals, distribution of backpacks containing healthy food and snacks, and community and back-to-school events.
Sarasota County Schools’ and DeSoto County Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) departments will once again offer their Summer BreakSpots.
“Our district has participated in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program for children for over 25 years," said Sara Dan, Sarasota County Schools’ FNS Director. “The supplemental help we receive from the campaign allows us to provide food resources for entire families, all in one place. Removing accessibility barriers has a tremendous impact on the well-being of our overall school communities during the months where food insecurity is usually the highest.”
Since its inception nine years ago, the campaign has raised more than $14 million. This year’s lead investors are the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Chairing the effort this year is All Faiths Food Bank’s immediate past board chair, Nelle Miller.
“For the past nine years, it has been our honor – and we feel it is our responsibility – to make sure kids have enough to eat over the summer months,” All Faiths CEO Sandra Frank said. “We are so grateful to our lead investors as well as every community member who contributed to the campaign for their invaluable support in these turbulent, challenging times. Thanks to their generosity, tens of thousands of area children will have access to food, in convenient locations, throughout the summer.”
Visit allfaithsfoodbank.org or call 941-379-6333 to learn how to help or to find an upcoming food distribution.