All Faiths Food Bank Working to Fill Summer Hunger Gap

Nearly half of the 43,000 students enrolled in Sarasota County Schools participate in free and reduced meal programs.

By Staff June 24, 2021

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For the past eight years, in order to fill the “hunger gap” for children who lose access to meals and food pantries at school, All Faiths Food Bank has launched an annual Campaign Against Summer Hunger. Funds raised are used to secure and distribute food to children in need, and this year—with the support of organizations including the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, as well as members of the community—All Faiths has exceeded its goal of $1.6 million to serve at least 35,000 students and siblings over the course of the summer. This year's campaign is chaired by Keith Monda and Veronica Brady.

In order to reach as many area children as possible, All Faiths Food Bank works with numerous partners, including Sarasota County and DeSoto County schools’ Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). During FNS distributions at select school campuses, All Faiths provides supplemental food resources: backpacks filled with healthy foods and snacks and boxes of fresh produce. Since its inception, the Campaign Against Summer Hunger has raised more than $12 million.

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