|SARASOTA—A new record for the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program on the Suncoast: Donations to the campaign resulted in 50 tons of food, the most ever collected for Thanksgiving. “We are grateful to everyone who helped out. People on the Suncoast are making a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of their hungry neighbors,” says Joel Swallow, the campaign chair.
Residents, schools, businesses, charitable organizations and religious groups all dropped off cash, frozen turkeys, and non-perishable goods at hundreds of locations. The campaign took place during the two weeks before Thanksgiving. That enabled program organizers to distribute a large cache of supplies to area food pantries. “The net worth is more than $300,000 dollars,” explains Swallow.
Here’s the breakdown:
But despite the record donations, there’s also a record need this year. “The food is already gone. The need isn’t limited to Thanksgiving. We feed everyone who’s hungry, and this year we have thousands of school children on the list,” says Swallow.
Donations are still desperately needed for the remainder of the holiday season.
You can donate cash at www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org or food at most City Halls.
The Mayors Feed the Hungry Program is an all-volunteer group that began in 1987 in the City of Sarasota. It has since grown to include the mayors of most cities and towns in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, as well as the leaders of both county governments.