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You’ll never guess what Sarasota third graders are worried about.

You’ll never guess what Sarasota third graders are worried about.

Whether it’s donating your unopened pantry items, hosting a food drive or sharing the campaign on social media, you can help make a world of difference in a struggling family’s home this summer.

“School's out for summer!” It’s an exciting phrase for most kids. However, for the 50% of school-age children in Sarasota County (roughly 21,000 kids and teens – yes, thousands) who receive reduced-cost or free school lunches, those words induce feelings of anxiety and fear.  

Starting March 31st running through May 9th, All Faiths Food Bank will be collecting monetary donations for their annual Campaign Against Summer Hunger. The kick-off breakfast on Tuesday, March 31 at Michaels on East is expected to bring in upwards of 300 guests who gather to learn how they can participate in the Campaign. Remaining space for this event is limited, but this event is just the beginning of the 40-day campaign. 

Even if you’re low on cash, there’re plenty of other ways to join the campaign. Nonperishable food can be dropped off at any Sarasota County Goodwill location, and All Faiths will get it.

“Our goal for this year’s campaign is to collect 800,000 pounds of food,” says Sandra Frank, CEO of All Faiths Food Bank. “Last year, we were able to feed 15,500 kids in Sarasota County.” 

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The estimated need is based off the research data collected from a child hunger study titled On the Edge. The study, which surveyed students in Sarasota and Desoto County schools, was a collaboratively-funded project by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and All Faiths Food Bank. One of the alarming findings from the study was that third and fourth graders were amongst the highest in reported food insecurity and showed the “most worry that food at home would run out.” As All Faiths Food Bank’s website earnestly reminds us, kids should be playing and learning, not worrying about how they will get their next meal at home.

“We had no idea that third graders had any awareness or concern,” replies Frank. “That really motivated us to double down and get even more serious about this year’s campaign.” 

Frank brings 20 years of law experience to her position as CEO, with several years of experience working in non-profits and directing her focus to maternal and children’s health. She knows all too well about the difficult decisions low-income families must make- like choosing between paying household bills or getting gas and having enough food for their household. 

“We’re looking at what we can do to stabilize families,” says Frank. “If we can provide the food, then that can hopefully help move them towards self-sufficiency.” 

Whether it’s donating your unopened pantry items, hosting a food drive or sharing the campaign on social media, you can help make a world of difference in a struggling family’s home this summer. 

Follow All Faiths Food Bank on Facebook and Twitter for campaign updates, including the select Publix locations hosting a food drive on May 3rd to collect kid-friendly items for backpacks so kids can eat over weekends this summer.

If you’re a classic procrastinator, mark your calendar now for May 9th so you can participate in the Letter Carrier’s Food Drive, where donating to the campaign is literally as simple as leaving a bag of non-perishable groceries outside your front door. Every little effort makes a big impact for thousands of food insecure and hungry kids and teens right here in our community.

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