All Faiths Food Bank Supports Sarasota County Schools Spring Break Meal Distributions
On March 12, the last day of school before spring break began for Sarasota County students, Sarasota County Schools' Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) provided all children with free meals, as well as boxes of groceries and backpacks full of kid-friendly food from All Faiths Food Bank. The meal distributions were held at Atwater Elementary and North Port High School in North Port; Garden Elementary in Venice; and Fruitville Elementary, Wilkinson Elementary and Booker High School in the Sarasota area. Approximately half of all students enrolled at Sarasota County Schools are on free or reduced lunches. When school is out during spring break and over the summer, these meals are not available, creating a hunger gap for families who depend on meals and pantries in schools. All area children were eligible for the service.