SARASOTA, Fl.—April 21, 2014— All Faiths Food Bank will again benefit from “Stamp Out Hunger,” the National Letter Carriers Food Drive. On Saturday, May 10, 2014, residents are asked to put a bag of nonperishable food near their mailbox for pickup. Now in its 22nd year, the Food Drive is the nation’s largest single-day effort of its kind. Most needed food items include peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, ham, and chicken, beans, and powdered milk.
All Faiths Food Bank’s Campaign Against Summer Hunger was planned with this in mind. Residents are invited to make a donation and to empty their shelves, from April 1 through May 10, aligning with the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive. The summer months present a severe challenge for All Faiths Food Bank due to the precipitous decline in food donations, resulting from the departure of seasonal residents. Need also increases, especially for children. 21,000 (50%) of the children in Sarasota County participate in the free and reduced cost school meal programs. These meals stop during the summer when school is out of session. Not surprisingly, summer is the time when a child in our community is most likely to experience hunger.
“The Letter Carriers Food Drive is what keeps us going through the lean summer months,” said Sandra Frank, All Faiths Food Bank CEO. “This year, as a result of the Campaign Against Summer Hunger, we anticipate more participation than ever among residents – we hope to double the totals from last year’s Drive. We are so fortunate to be a recipient of the food collected by our letter carriers, and live in such a caring community.”
The food and funds raised during the Campaign – including the Food Drive – will be used to enhance Sarasota County School District’s current summer lunch programs, and implement new Food Bank programs that include mobile pantry distribution and for the first time, a summer BackPack Kids program.
“We are honored to be an integral part of this humanitarian effort for over a decade. We look forward to collecting high volumes of food contributions from our local residents to support the fight to ‘Stamp out Hunger,’ ” from Sherri Creasor, Postmaster, Sarasota – Suncoast District.
About All Faiths Food Bank All Faiths Food Bank, recently awarded 4-stars by Charity Navigator, 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 7 million pounds of food equating to 5.8 million meals through 195 pantries, soup kitchens, churches, community centers and programs. Its mission is to feed those in need and educate the community about hunger and nutrition. More information about nutrition, pantries, school and other programs can be found at www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.