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Sarasota hotel to stock shelves at food bank

SARASOTA — Hyatt Regency Sarasota employees are coming out in F.O.R.C.E. today to feed the hungry in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

The hotel’s Family of Responsible and Caring Employees volunteer organization will deliver food and stock shelves at All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota at 2 p.m. today.

The food was purchased through Hyatt Regency Sarasota’s “Fighting Hunger” program, which designated 10 percent of all daily room rates booked through during the holiday season to the food bank.

A Hyatt Regency spokesperson was unsure how much food would be donated today, but a similar event during the holiday season produced $1,200 in food.

All Faiths Food Bank appreciates the contribution. Executive Director Dan Dunn said the number of clients has doubled from last year.

“With the fragile state of the economy and high unemployment rates, more and more people in southwest Florida need our assistance than ever before,” he said.

“The Hyatt Community grant will help support our operational expenses so we can continue to serve those who need it most.”

All Faiths Food Bank solicits, warehouses and distributes food to more than 160 agency partners that serve more than 50,000 people in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

Last year, Hyatt Regency Sarasota secured a $15,000 grant for the food bank through the company’s Hyatt Community project.

“The food bank has a solid and caring team in place that is passionate about what they do, and we are grateful that we were able to help contribute to their mission,” Hyatt Regency Sarasota General Manager Mark Becker said.