This is an Update as of 6/4/2019.
5/18/2019 was the conclusion of the All Faiths Food Bank partnership with the Baltimore Orioles for the 2019 Spring Training Season. With the help of all of the volunteers, we raised over $21,000 through these efforts. Parking cars took very little effort and produced much needed funds for the food bank. Oh, and did I mention the free T-Shirt and cap??
On 1/24/2019 the Arbors volunteer groups packed over 15,000 lbs of donated food! This alone will created enough meals for 22,500 community members. See if you can identify all of the volunteers who participated that day. Can you identify anyone who usually goes but is absent from the picture???
On 11/15/2018 the Arbors group sorted over 30,000 lbs of donated food!! This one afternoon created enough meals for 45,000 Sarasota community members! See if you can name all of the volunteers who participated that day.
An even larger group of volunteers from the Arbors donates their time on the 4th Thursday of each month at All Faiths Food Bank. This organization, along with their 184 partners and programs, works to deliver healthy food to families in need in Sarasota county to try to end hunger in our community. Just to mention a few of their programs; Veterans Appreciation Program provides food including fresh produce, dairy, and frozen meat to our veterans and their families on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. In the schools; BackPacks provides bags of kid-friendly food to children all summer long and on Fridays during the school year so they can eat on weekends and holiday breaks. Snack Pack Program keeps classrooms stocked with healthy, kid-friendly snacks that teachers distribute when a student comes to school without having eaten breakfast, or has nothing to eat during snack time. Kids should focus on school, not hunger. School Pantries provide parents of students with an opportunity to select items from a pantry set up on school grounds. The pantry is opened on a regular basis and offers a variety of nonperishable food and whenever possible, fresh produce and meat. Kids Café provides nutritious evening meals in a safe and supportive environment to children at risk of going hungry at night. To find out more about all of the programs, see the website at http://www.allfaithsfoodbank.org/
In January, we started to pass around a jar once a month for donations to support All Faiths Food Bank and buy tickets for the Arbors residents to attend the 2019 Bowls of Hope. Ask any of the lucky residents who attended the 2018 Bowls of Hope for their opinion about the food and venue. We hope to do the same for the 2019 Bowls of Hope.
So far in 2019, our Arbors group has volunteered for a total of 106 hours and the generous residents here in the Arbors have donated $96.00 towards the 2019 Bowls of Hope.