This is an Update as of 6/28/2018.
On 3/22/2018 the Arbors Group packed over 150 boxes of PB/Jelly, Fruit/Veggies, Meats, and Baking Goods! See if you can name all of the volunteers who participated. Altogether, this would be enough groceries for 3 families to use for an entire year!
On 4/26/2018 our Arbors group participated with a group of volunteers from Starbucks. The morning volunteers packed over 3,000 lbs of donated food. Our afternoon group sorted 12,000 lbs of frozen meat. Altogether, we helped feed 22,500 members in our community.
On 6/28/2018 the Arbors afternoon volunteer group packed over 9,100 lbs of donated food!! Just volunteering during this one afternoon helped create enough meals for more than 13,650 Sarasota community members!
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/
Bowls of Hope 2017 was held Sunday, November 12, 11 am-2 pm at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Here’s a look at the menu.
Along with an opportunity to enjoy soup, bread and desserts provided by local restaurants, each person selected a beautiful, handcrafted bowl to take home as a reminder of the empty bowls they help fill.
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 2018 Bowls of Hope. Ask any of the lucky residents who attended the 2017 Bowls of Hope for their opinion about the food and venue. We hope to do the same for the 2018 Bowls of Hope.
Mark your calendar for the 2018 Bowls of Hope. It will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Ed Smith Stadium from 11 am – 2 pm. Tickets go on sale for $30 starting on October 1.
So far in 2018, our Arbors group has volunteered for a total of 61 hours and the generous residents here in the Arbors have donated $94 towards the 2018 Bowls of Hope.