IN THE SCHOOLS
We provide bags of kid-friendly food to children all summer long and on Fridays during the school year so they can eat on weekends and holiday breaks. We are grateful for the support of this program in Sarasota County from the Joshua J. & Eunice Stone Foundation, the Black Fund, and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. In DeSoto County, the need for food is the highest in the state and our work there is supported year round by The Mosaic Company Foundation, they are also our BackPack program partners in the schools. To view the 2015-2016 program report, click here.
Classrooms are kept stocked with healthy, kid-friendly snacks that teachers distribute when a student comes to school without having eaten breakfast, or has nothing to eat during snack time. Kids should focus on school, not hunger.
Parents of students are invited to select items from a pantry set up on school grounds. Operated by volunteers, the pantry is opened on a regular basis and offers a variety of nonperishable food and whenever possible, fresh produce and meat. This program was funded in part through generous grants from “Red Nose Day” through Feeding America and from the Morgan Stanley Child Hunger Impact Grant.
The Longboat Key Rotary Club sponsors the school pantry at Tuttle Elementary, and the Rotary Club of Sarasota sponsors the pantries at Alta Vista and Emma E. Booker Elementary Schools. The founding and principal supporter for the three schools is the Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation. School administrators should contact Rebekah Enoch at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about establishing a pantry at their school.
We teach the importance of a healthy lifestyle to low-income, at-risk preschoolers and their families. Story telling, puppet shows and games help kids learn about making healthy choices at the table and the store, and learn about nutrition and food safety. We need volunteers from Oct-April 2016, for as little as once a month. Please contact Megan Armstrong if you can help: email@example.com
IN THE COMMUNITY
A fun, hands-on cooking class for kids, teens, parents, families, and adults. Groups meet weekly for six weeks to learn cooking skills, best nutrition choices, and shopping and budgeting for healthy meals. Support for this program in part comes from Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Florida Partner and Kates Foundation grants. Classes are scheduled with groups who participate in programs at other social service or education organizations. If you are an administrator who would like to learn more about having Cooking Matters at your facility, please contact Megan Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 941-549-8129.
We need volunteers at a variety of locations; please contact Megan at email@example.com
One of our most successful new programs as far as reaching families in need while providing fresh fruits and veggies, frozen meat and bread, with standard nonperishable food staples. Because our trucks go from our warehouse directly to hungry clients at locations throughout our service area, we can provide healthy food to as many as 300 visitors in two hours. If you are able to volunteer at distributions or underwrite bags, please contact Chuck Bonura, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sprout Mobile Farm Market
Sprout is a custom-made, one-of-a-kind mobile farm market that brings an array of fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies to the families that count on us for food. Sprout is a wonderful source of nutrition and nutrition education that encourages healthy eating choices. If you are able to donate produce or underwrite grocery bags, please contact Chuck Bonura, email@example.com
NEW! Produce Sourcing Program
We are very fortunate to be able to offer fresh, healthy produce to the families we serve. Thanks to a strategic produce planning grant from Feeding America and Disney, we are working with local farmers, growers and grocers to source and plan for additional donated produce. We are able to help our community become stronger and healthier, while reducing food waste. If you are a grower or grocer who would like to donate produce, please contact Ryan Beaman, firstname.lastname@example.org
For a PDF of and overview about our produce sourcing program and new tax incentives, click here.
Veterans Appreciation Program
We are honored to serve veterans of the United States Armed Forces. On the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 am to noon, Veterans (with military ID) are welcome to stop by and pick up food including fresh produce, dairy, and frozen meat. We are proud to support to any US Veteran in need, and subsidize this program 100%. There is no cost to the US Department of Veterans Affairs for food or delivery. You can help: Veterans Appreciation Program. All Faiths Food Bank is grateful for the support of The Patterson Foundation and the Joshua J. & Eunice Stone Foundation.
Our trucks deliver food to more than 100 local pantries, soup kitchens, churches, senior housing facilities and community centers for distribution to residents in need. For a schedules, click here. For assistance in finding other social services, please call the United Way at 2-1-1.
Donation Location Partnership
Goodwill stores throughout Sarasota County will accept nonperishable food donations and get them to us. Click here to find a store near you.
Turkey Distribution Program
Through our partners, we distribute more than 7,000 frozen turkeys with all the trimmings to families in need at Thanksgiving. Special thanks to the the Kathleen K. Catlin Foundation of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for a $35,000 grant award to purchase turkeys, and the Gail Baird Foundation for providing Thanksgiving turkeys to the families of local veterans in need through our Veterans Pantry.