|All Faiths Food Bank is more than a food bank - we're a nutrition education bank!|
If you would like to volunteer for any of our school programs, please contact Jenna Jones, Director of Nutrition:
BackPack Kids Program
Provides food to children over the weekend and during school holidays when they may otherwise go without a meal. Participating homeless and low-income children in grades K-5 are sent home with a backpack of healthy, kid-friendly food and nutrition information on Fridays and prior to holidays. In DeSoto County, the need for food is the highest in the state. Thanks to support from The Mosaic County Foundation, we have been able to expand the BackPack Kids program there. To view the 2013-2014 program report, click here.
Snack Pack Program
Classrooms are kept 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.
Parents of students are invited to select items from a pantry set up on school grounds. Operated by volunteers, the pantry is opened on a regular basis and offers a variety of nonperishable food and whenever possible, fresh produce and meat. This program was funded in part through a generous grant from Morgan Stanley as part of their "Fill the Plate" campaign and by The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.
Growing Healthy Kids
We teach the importance of a healthy lifestyle to low-income, at-risk preschoolers and their families. Story telling, puppet shows and games help kids at childcare, preschools, family childcare homes, and parenting education groups. The program focuses on healthy eating habits, nutrition, food safety, and a making good choices at the table and the store.
Nutritious evening meals are provided in a safe and supportive environment to children at risk of going hungry at night. This program complements existing after-school tutoring and study sessions.
A fun, hands-on cooking class for kids, teens, teen parents, families, and adults. Groups meet weekly for six weeks to learn cooking skills, best nutrition choices, and budgeting for healthy meals. A Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters Florida Partner. To volunteer, please send an email to program coordinator Nancy Pantano: email@example.com. For more, click here.
"SPROUT" Mobile Farm Market
Meet "Sprout," a custom-made, one-of-a-kind mobile farm market that features a 'tasting table' and recipes. This truck brings an array of fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies to the families that count on us for food. Sprout is a wonderful source of nutrition and nutrition education that encourages healthy eating choices. For a Sprout Route, click here.
To sponsor this program please call 941-379-6333. Our deepest thanks to all our donors including the Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Bloomberg Philanthropies; the Funder’s Network; the Tom Costello Family; Klein Foundation; Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation; Joshua J. & Eunice Stone Foundation; and Charles O.III & Miriam M. Wood Foundation.
Veterans Appreciation Program
We are honored to serve veterans of the United States Armed Forces in partnership with veterans’ programs throughout Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. Additionally, on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10 am to noon, Veterans (with military ID card) are welcome to stop by and pick up food including fresh produce, dairy, bread and frozen meat. All Faiths Food Bank is proud to provide nutritional support to any US Veteran in need, and subsidizes this program 100%. There is no cost to the US Department of Veterans Affairs for food or delivery.
Partner ProgramsAgency Partners
Our trucks deliver food to more than 100 local pantries, soup kitchens, churches, senior housing facilities and community centers for distribution to the public. For a schedules, click here. For assistance in finding other social services, please call the United Way at 2-1-1.
Donation Location Partnership
Goodwill stores throughout Sarasota County will accept nonperishable food donations and get them to us. Click here to find a store near you.
New Beginnings Boxes
Wellness Box Program
|To become a valuable volunteer, please contact Fran Talley: 941-549-8156 or firstname.lastname@example.org|