COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates and Information
All Faiths Food Bank prioritizes the health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff. We are taking extra precautions around our facility, and we are prepared to respond to increased needs for food related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Mass Food Distributions
All Faiths Food Bank is organizing two mass food distributions in Sarasota County this month to help residents who are recently unemployed or impacted by COVID-19.
May 9 – CoolToday Park (18800 South, W Villages Pkwy, Venice)
May 16 – Ed Smith Stadium (2700 12th St., Sarasota)
Both distributions – which are first-come, first-served – will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until food runs out or 2 p.m.
All Faiths Food Bank’s mobile pantry program continues as scheduled. Click here for locations and times.
With a few exceptions, our network of 228 partner agencies and programs remains open. Find a food program here. We recommend calling before you go to confirm program hours and requirements.
Sarasota County Schools
All Faiths Food Bank has partnered with Sarasota County Food and Nutrition Services to provide food to children and families affected by the temporary school closures.
Any/all children 18 or under will be provided with food at specific Sarasota County Schools. Distribution will be one day a week. A week’s worth of food will be distributed to children every Friday at select school sites.
The following locations will be open this week:
Alta Vista Elementary
Booker High School
Fruitville Elementary School
Garden Elementary School
Lamarque Elementary School
North Port High School
Wilkinson Elementary School
Parents and guardians can pick up a meal for their child from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Children must be in the car for staff to verify in order for parents and guardians to receive food. Parents and guardians should follow the signs when entering each of the school campuses.
DeSoto County Schools
We have partnered with DeSoto County Food and Nutrition Services to provide food to children and families affected by the temporary school closures. Their meal service will run Monday through Friday each week until schools reopen for any/all children 18 or under. The following locations will be open for grab and go meal services:
Casa San Juan Bosco
DeSoto Middle Schoo
Louis Anderson Park
Parents and guardians can pick up a meal for their child from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM during the day. Children must be in the car for staff to verify in order for parents and guardians to receive a meal. The meals will consist of lunch, as well as breakfast for the next morning.
Boys & Girls Clubs, Children First, Girls Inc., and the Early Learning Coalition
All Faiths Food Bank has also partnered with other nonprofit organizations to provide food to children and their families while schools remain closed. Staff teams from Boys & Girls Clubs, Children First Girls Inc., and the Early Learning Coalition are packing hundreds of bags of food provided by All Faiths Food Bank. Each organization is hosting the food distribution at their respective sites.
How You Can Help
Help All Faiths Food Bank prepare for increased hunger during this crisis
The economic impact of COVID-19 has increased food insecurity in our community. Closures of businesses and schools will affect lower-income families and people with hourly wages in particular.
While all support is appreciated, financial support lets us use your gift to meet the greatest needs. A donation of any amount helps us continue to respond.
Food drives and food donations
To ensure the highest food safety standards for our community, we are not currently accepting food donations at this time.
We appreciate your desire to help. If you would like to make a difference, financial support is the best way to help. The needs are ever-changing, and a donation allows us to make purchases in bulk, and tailor our operation as needed in the coming days and weeks.
For every $1 given the food bank can purchase 5 meals.
For Our Partners
You can read our latest communication to the network here. This includes recommendations for serving our community while protecting the health and safety of everyone involved in food distributions.
The safety of our staff, volunteers and community remains our highest priority. We are taking extra precautions, including increased cleaning and sanitizing of our facility.
At this time, we are limiting volunteer opportunities. Please continue to check for volunteer opportunities here as they are needed.
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