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The Mission at All Faiths Food Bank is to solicit, warehouse, process and distribute food to not-for-profit agency partners offering hunger relief. The Food Bank reduces food waste by reclaiming the food that might otherwise go into our landfills. It also provides community leadership and education to the community on issues related to food, nutrition and hunger.
Food is more than a meal. It can serve as a magnet to individuals who may be reluctant to ask for help from other programs and services. The outreach efforts of All Faiths Food Bank can link them to intervention services that help them achieve self sufficiency.
For example, All Faiths Food Bank partners with a church feeding and tutoring program that goes into low income neighborhoods to counsel at risk children. Another agency focuses on educating children who have been expelled, suspended or dropped out of school. If All Faiths Food Bank was not in operation, these agencies would have to spend more money on food and less on client focus.
The All Faiths Food Bank is a network of people working together 365 days a year to fight hunger throughout Sarasota and DeSoto counties.
The All Faiths Food Bank distributes approximately 2.5 million pounds of food a year through its not-for-profit agency partners who operate feeding/hunger relief programs in the two counties. That's equivalent to 166,000 meals per month.
Volunteers process and store food solicited from the community at the Food Bank's 20,000 square-foot warehouse on Cattlemen Road in Sarasota. Every can and box of food is sorted and checked by experienced volunteers. Using food bank trucks, All Faiths Food Bank then distributes supplies to not for profit agencies offering hunger relief in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.
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