Hunger in Sarasota

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2017 Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE) update.

Due to the service and seasonal economic environment in this area, more than 30% of Sarasota County residents are one crisis away from poverty, and often make desperate choices to make ends meet. For a local ALICE report, click here.

Child Hunger Summit 2016: Child hunger and its impact on health, education, workforce readiness and community.

To visit the 2016 Summit page or to access slideshows, click here.

TomTryon, Sandra Frank, and Robin Safley

All Faiths Food Bank presents Hunger Summit 2015
The Faces of Hunger: Causes, Consequences and Solutions

Business and local leaders, agency partners and social service representatives attended our Hunger Summit on September 30 because they want to be a part of the solution to hunger in our community. Moderator Tom Tryon, of the Sarasota Herald Tribune started the conversations with, “Sarasota isn’t paradise if you’re hungry.”

Guest speaker and expert in the field of hunger relief Robin Safley, JD, Director, Food Nutrition & Wellness, Florida Department of Agriculture, lead the discussion relating to the consequences and solutions, and the long-term impact that hunger has on our residents.

Lars Gilberts, Statewide ALICE Director of the United Way provided an in-depth look at the local Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE) report and the determination of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that deemed Sarasota County as one of eight “hot spots” priority areas for intervention. Due to the service and seasonal economic environment in this area, more than 30% of Sarasota County residents are one crisis away from poverty, and often make desperate choices to make ends meet.  Click here for a PDF of the local ALICE Report.

In closing, Sandra Frank, our CEO said, “Thank you to the champions in this room. The takeaway here today is that those who are hungry are us, the employed, the neighbor down the street, and our co-workers. But together, we can lead the community to end hunger.”

Bldg Pic1$3.1M Expansion Planned to Better Serve Our Neighbors in Need

Last year alone nearly 170,000 people in our community, the majority of whom are educated and hard-working, could not afford to buy enough food and basic life necessities. With a sustained, high need for food and an ever-growing gap between those in need and the amount the food bank can provide, All Faiths Food Bank is planning a $3.1 million expansion to double its size and capacity.

After 18 months of planning, All Faiths has developed a fiscally conservative, cost-effective approach to increase the size of its facility at 8171 Blaikie Court. By purchasing the warehouse and land next door, the new, expanded facility will have 40,000 square feet with a 4,000 square foot freezer/cooler. Millions more pounds of donated food donations are available but All Faiths does not have adequate warehouse and cooler space.

“We anticipate All Faiths will distribute an all-time record 8 million pounds of food this year,” said Sandra Frank, CEO of the Food Bank.  “Even more startling is 50 percent of children in Sarasota County and nearly 90 percent of the children in DeSoto are either going hungry or face a high risk of hunger on any given day. The new facility will allow us to provide better services to all our neighbors while we shrink that hunger gap.”

Frank noted that All Faiths is very fortunate and grateful for a $1 million lead gift from the Benderson Family.  The Food Bank will seek additional philanthropic commitments and is confident the community’s generosity will help build a facility that can feed our neighbors in need.

Questions? Click here for the FAQ form in PDF

To pledge support for the expansion, contact Senior Director of Development Denise Cotler, or call 941-305-7671.

Summer Hunger

21,000 (50%) children at Sarasota County schools receive free or reduced meals. When school ends, hunger begins for them. All Faiths Food Bank’s annual Campaign Against Summer Hunger unites the community in an effort to raise the food and funds needed to feed children during the summer months.

The Campaign helps us work with and expand the breakfast and lunch program offered by the Sarasota County School District called “Breakspots.” Food assistance programs have grown to include several child-centric organizations including the Sarasota County Public Libraries, Children First, all Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and summer camps to help fill minds and tummies. We’ve added new BackPack, mobile and school pantry sites, Saturday distributions to help working families get food, and provided greater quantities of food to our partner agencies and our Sprout Mobile Farm Market so there will be access to food all summer long. We are grateful to our major investors, The Barancik Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for their ongoing support, compassion and generosity.

Last year, thanks to our generous donors, we provided food to almost 27,000 children and their families.

Our summer 2016 programs surpassed our goals. For the 2016 impact report, click here.
For the full 2015 impact report, click here.
For the full 2014 impact report, click here.

A message from Feeding America and how food donations reach our children:


Leading the community to end hunger

We see food as the beginning: the first step in a holistic response to meeting the needs of our hungry neighbors and helping them move toward independence. Each year All Faiths Food Bank serves more than 51,000 people in partnership with 195 agencies like soup kitchens, pantries, churches, community centers, assisted living facilities, mobile pantries, and schools.


Who We Serve, from Feeding America’s 2014 Hunger in America Report 

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Our programs help stabilize families, keep them in their homes, manage their health, and moves them toward self-sufficiency. With support from our generous community, All Faiths Food Bank can increase our capacity to provide fresh produce and meat at distributions, meet the growing demand for food, and provide nutrition education to the people here who need it most.

Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 report provides an in-depth look at the people we serve locally. For more information, download the PDF of the Executive Summary HIA 2014 local report.

For the full national report click here.

All Faiths’ participation in the study was made possible by Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Childhood Hunger


On the Edge, is a groundbreaking, comprehensive Child Hunger Study that gives a voice to the children in our community.

Recent research on child hunger in Sarasota and DeSoto counties reveals that alarming numbers of children are food insecure and worry about the source and quality of their next meal. Commissioned by All Faiths Food Bank and Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the new study is one of the most comprehensive child-hunger studies ever conducted and gathers information directly from the perspectives of children.

The most shocking information we learned is that third-graders are the most concerned about going hungry, worry about the next time they might eat, and what kind of food it will be. We think third-graders should be playing not worrying.

Download a PDF summary of the Child Hunger Study

Click below for a PDF of the full report:
On the Edge I – Sarasota County
On the Edge II – DeSoto County

Our Mission

Together with our partners, we provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community.


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Together with our partners, we provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community.