Sarasota – September 30, 2014 – All Faiths Food Bank announced today the impact of the summer hunger programs implemented as a result of the Campaign Against Summer Hunger. Setting a goal of feeding 15,000 children during the summer when they may otherwise go without, All Faiths revealed to community leaders, agency partners and supporters of the Campaign that the goal was met and surpassed. The first-ever Hunger Action Summit was hosted by All Faiths Food Bank at Michael’s On East with sponsor Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and celebrated the achievements of the many new and expanded summer food assistance programs that helped feed children and their families in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.
“We made a promise and we delivered,” said Sandra Frank, Food Bank CEO. “Together, as a community united, we proudly celebrate this accomplishment and have committed to feeding even more children next summer.”
During the summer All Faiths Food Bank – in partnership with others – expanded the service capacity of established food distribution sites, added nine new mobile pantry stops, increased Sprout Routes, implemented a summer backpack and snack program, and, working closely with the School Districts, provided additional resources to allow expansion of breakfast and lunch programs for kids. This enormous collaborative effort was made possible by the success of the Campaign Against Summer Hunger that ran from April 1 through May 10, 2014.
Guest speakers at the Summit included Linda McCloud, principal at Cranberry Elementary in North Port; John Nicholas, All Faiths Food Bank board president; Veronica Brady of Gulf Coast Community Foundation; and Keith Monda, former COO of Coach and on the board of Feeding America and All Faiths.
1. (L-R) Keith Monda, board member, All Faiths Food Bank; Veronica Brady of Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Sandra Frank, Food Bank CEO; and John Nicholas board president, All Faiths Food Bank
3. Renee Alexandria of Sarasota County Agency-wide Residents Council and Tony Woodie from the Sarasota Housing Authority at All Faiths Food Bank’s first ever Hunger Action Summit in celebration of the success of summer food assistance programs.
3. Guest speaker Linda McCloud, principal at Cranberry Elementary, and Aundria Castleberry, director of donor relations at All Faiths Food Bank