SARASOTA, Fl.—October 27, 2014 — Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather for a bountiful meal surrounded by joy, love and laughter. For too many, the day is silenced by hunger. This year, as it has every year in the past, All Faiths Food Bank will provide thousands of turkeys with side dishes to local families who may otherwise go without.
All Faiths is pleased to announce that it will increase the number of distributions sites in order to provide turkey dinners directly to the families in their local communities. Based on the areas with highest need and in collaboration with our agency partners, seven new locations have been established.
“Many of our more than 100 partner agencies don’t have the capacity to store frozen turkeys,” said Nicole Double, All Faiths’ director of agency relations. “With the Food Bank’s refrigerated trucks distributing the turkeys at the new sites, we can assure food safety and easy access for our clients.”
This year’s distribution will also incorporate a voucher system. A voucher will be necessary to receive a frozen turkey with sides of mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans and cranberry sauce. Residents can pick up a voucher from their regular food distribution agency site. Those who need a turkey dinner but who are not associated with an agency should call the United Way 2-1-1 no later than Thursday, November 19, 2014.
“The vouchers will provide a better estimate of the number of dinners needed at each location and will help us provide as many nutritious holiday meals as possible, as efficiently as possible,” said Double.
All Faiths needs help to provide Thanksgiving dinners and food throughout the holiday season. Donations may be made online at www.allfaithsfoodbank.org, by phone at 941-379-6333, or by mail to: All Faiths Food Bank, 8171 Blaikie Ct., Sarasota FL, 34240.
The media are invited to attend the distribution on November 22, 2014. For schedules and locations please contact:
Laura Coyle, Director of Marketing
Cell: 941-544-5878 Office direct: 941-549-8135
About All Faiths Food Bank All Faiths Food Bank, recently awarded a 4-star rating from 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 partner agencies and programs. Its mission is to feed those in need and educate the community about hunger and nutrition. For more information about nutrition, mobile pantries, school and other programs, please visitwww.allfaithsfoodbank.org or call 941-379-6333.