Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation
School Ends, Hunger Begins
This year, the Campaign Against Summer Hunger returned once again from April 1st until May 15th.
No one can tell hunger by the face of a child. Because smiles mask it and laughter muffles it, child hunger is deceptive, and it exists everywhere. Each year across Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, school nutrition programs provide children in need with up to ten healthy meals each week. But when schools close for the summer, how will these children find the help they need?
This year, All Faiths Food Bank lead its Campaign Against Summer Hunger for the fifth year running. The Campaign has become the community’s strongest line of defense against child hunger during the summer months.
“When the school year ends, hunger begins for 21,000 students in Sarasota County” has been the message and motivation behind the Campaign Against Summer Hunger. Unfortunately, the number is far greater when you include the younger brothers and sisters of these students that are not yet in the system, and the almost 5,000 children in DeSoto County. Conservatively, the total number of kids at risk over the summer could exceed 40,000.
With the compassionate help of donors, volunteers and more than 150 community partners, this year the food bank was determined to reach more children, with more nutritious food, than ever before. Summer hunger is a problem that we can solve together.
Summer 2017 numbers
38,815 children served, 2,249,640 meals, 188 summer partners
Our lead investors
Thanks to the support of
Wells Fargo Foundation
The Charles O. Wood, III and Miriam M. Wood Foundation
The Mosaic Company
Siesta Key Kiwanis Club Foundation
Designing Women Boutique
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Boar’s Head Provisions Co.