|SARASOTA, FLA, – November 12, 2013 – All Faiths Food Bank is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $10,000 from cooking star Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! organization granted through Feeding America. The funds will be designated to support All Faiths Food Bank’s BackPack Kids Program.
All Faiths’ BackPack Kids Program provides backpacks of food to eligible children in kindergarten through eighth grade, reducing the risk of hunger over the weekend and during school holidays. Children in need who qualify take home a backpack of nutritious, kid-friendly food on Fridays. To date, there are 32 DeSoto and Sarasota County schools that participate. The program distributed more than 75,000 backpacks during the 2012-2013 school year and, with the help of this grant, more children who struggle with hunger will be able to receive a backpack each week.
An outcome survey showed that 100% of the participating school principals polled believed that the BackPack Kids Program had an overall positive impact on the children in need. One stated that students feel a sense of pride knowing they are doing something to help their families, and that teachers found the kids are able to concentrate better in class.
Rachael Ray is best known as the host of the hit syndicated Emmy Award-winning daytime television show “Rachael Ray” produced by CBS Television Distribution. Rachael’s warmth, energy, and boundless curiosity also reaches scores of fans through her popular Food Network shows, bestselling cookbooks, her own line of cookware, signature food ingredients and lifestyle magazine Everyday with Rachael Ray. In 2007, Rachael launched the Yum-o! organization, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. Yum-o! also empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids and funding cooking education and scholarships.
“We are so grateful to have been awarded a Yum-o! grant through Feeding America,” said All Faiths Executive Director Sandra Frank. “Our BackPack Kids Program feeds more than 2,100 homeless and low-income children. Generous donors like Rachael Ray are vital to our efforts to maintain and expand programs that feed children in need right here in our community.”
About All Faiths Food Bank
All Faiths Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, and the hub of the hunger relief system in DeSoto and Sarasota Counties. Last year, All Faiths Food Bank distributed nearly .26 million pounds of food equating to 5.2 million meals through 195 partner agencies and programs. The mission is to feed those in need and educate the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. More information about the BackPack Kids Program and other hunger awareness and education outreach programs can be found at www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.