Sunday, November 18, 2012
The absence of a popular radio promotion caused Mayors' Feed The Hungry to only collect 260 turkeys.
Nearly 40 tons of food and hundreds of volunteers took over the Ed Smith Stadium parking lot for Mayors' Feed The Hungry on Friday but the drive found itself short more than 1,700 Thanksgiving turkeys for families living in Manatee and Sarasota counties. So, what happened and how can you help? Traditionally, Joy FM Christian radio ran the popular Turkeys For T-Shirts promotion for the last five years, but this year the radio station decided not to do the donation drive where folks would donate a frozen bird at Publix in exchange for a free T-shirt, said Scott Biehler, volunteer food drive coordinator for Mayors Feed The Hungry and vice president of the charity. That would normally bring in about 2,000 turkeys, he said. "We didn't have any …
Before you stuff your turkey, you can help stuff the bus to help those less fortunate.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
In the ongoing effort to help feed the hungry here, the 4th annual “Stuff the Bus” event will take place at all Manatee County Publix Super Markets today, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee. This initiative is a partnership between the Manatee School District, Publix, Tropicana, FM radio stations 106.5 CTQ and 92.1 The Coast and United Way of Manatee County “What started as an idea from a few employees in the School Transportation Department has become one of the largest community efforts to help The Food Bank of Manatee to feed children and families in need,” said Scott Martin, Assistant Superintendent, School District Support Services. “With the holiday season approaching, we encourage everyone to come together…
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
All Faiths Food Bank is in dire need of food donations following a federal cut of funding.
“Hunger has no season.” If anyone should ever question why the Suncoast needs an agency like All Faiths Food Bank, there is the answer. It is also the motto of a non-profit organization that is finding it harder and harder to help the people who need it. Federal funding has been cut for All Faiths, and in a terrible twist of fate courtesy of an economic downturn, the list of people who depend upon its services to put food on the table continues to grow in Sarasota and Manatee counties. “USDA funding has been cut back,” said Aundria Castleberry, director of development for All Faiths. “They say they have to go back to legislation and revisit the food they’re giving out across the country.” All Faiths Director of Operations Jim Swinford says…
Friday, June 1, 2012
The Summer Food Service Program provides meals to children throughout the summer.
More than two dozen local schools will participate in the annual Summer Food Service Program which provides nutritionally balanced meals to children during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children 18-years-old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge. The programs are approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year. Summer feeding sites that are located at schools provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school. Breakfast service runs from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch service runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., although serving times are…