SARASOTA, FL – For many of us, the autumn season conjures pictures of a bountiful harvest – from apples and squash to candy potatoes and pears. However for 1000’s of our neighbors, nutritious, wholesome meals are merely out of attain.
Because it has since 2018, All Faiths Meals Financial institution is working its Autumn Harvest Marketing campaign, which raises funds for applications that present contemporary vegetables and fruit to these in Sarasota and DeSoto counties who’re fighting starvation. The Rakay Household Basis has provided up $100,000 in matching funds to bolster the trouble; all items by the top of September are being matched.
Since 2006, the Rakay Household Basis has aided native and nationwide organizations working to enhance their communities. The inspiration has supported the Meals Financial institution with matching items up to now; that is its second matching present of $100,000 to profit Autumn Harvest.
Not solely are contributions being doubled by the match, All Faiths will proceed to maximise assets by its “meals rescue” operations, the place unsold produce from native farmers and grocery shops is collected, saved within the group’s warehouse, after which distributed by associate companies and applications, together with cellular pantries.
A complete of $436,117.80 was contributed to All Faiths in 2021 for the Autumn Harvest Marketing campaign. Final 12 months, All Faiths Meals Financial institution distributed 5.9 million kilos of contemporary vegetables and fruit –greater than 31% of its general meals distribution whole – to individuals experiencing starvation.
“No matter financial standing, everybody deserves entry to wholesome meals. And wholesome consuming advantages all the neighborhood, as our neighbors take pleasure in improved well being outcomes,” stated All Faiths Meals Financial institution CEO Sandra Frank. “We’re so grateful to the Rakay Household Basis for this great present in help of our Autumn Harvest Marketing campaign, and hope the neighborhood will likely be impressed to take part as nicely.”
As a part of the marketing campaign, All Faiths is internet hosting the third annual Autumn Harvest Dinner on September 30 in its Sarasota warehouse. The long-table dinner offered out weeks prematurely.
Group members are requested to think about making a present to the Autumn Harvest Marketing campaign and supporting All Faiths Meals Financial institution’s efforts to distribute contemporary produce to households, kids seniors and veterans in want. For extra data, contact Denise Cotler at [email protected] or 941-315-7671, or go to allfaithsfoodbank.org.
About All Faiths Meals Financial institution
All Faiths Meals Financial institution is the one meals financial institution and largest starvation aid group in Sarasota and DeSoto counties, offering tens of millions of meals annually with almost 200 companies and applications all through the neighborhood. All Faiths works not solely to combat starvation at the moment but additionally strives to finish starvation – perpetually – by serving to households and people acquire long-term meals safety, take pleasure in higher well being outcomes, and obtain self-sufficiency. In 2021, All Faiths distributed 19 million kilos of meals – equating to 17 million meals, supplied 36% extra meals than 2019 (pre-pandemic), and remained steadfast in its dedication to supply dietary help to neighborhood members, together with 44% who had been new to the meals financial institution. For its efforts, All Faiths was honored because the 2021 “Nonprofit of the Yr” by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce; the group was additionally acknowledged as a High 4 Meals Financial institution within the nation in 2020. All Faiths is rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator and is a member of the Feeding America and Feeding Florida networks. For extra data, go to allfaithsfoodbank.org.