Mayors Feed the Hungry want to reduce need in Manatee, Sarasota

Mayors Feed the Hungry want to reduce need in Manatee, Sarasota

MANATEE -- Wondering where the next meal is coming from is a constant concern for some in Manatee County.

"We are issuing a call to action to our schools, businesses and organizations to lend a helping hand," urges Joel Swallow, chairman of the Mayors Feed the Hungry program. "Please donate food and help make sure that no adult or child in Manatee or Sarasota county will go hungry this holiday season in our local communities."

Mayors of Bradenton, Longboat Key, North Port, Palmetto, Sarasota and Venice and the Manatee and Sarasota county commissioners all endorse this effort to feed the hungry.

Food collection will take place Nov. 9-20 and culminates at the Baltimore Orioles spring training site at Ed Smith Stadium where food will be sorted and distributed to food pantries from noon-5 p.m. free of charge throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Donations of food can be taken to collection boxes at the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium, all Coldwell Banker offices in Sarasota and Manatee, Manatee Association of Realtor offices, Popi's restaurants, Chase Banks, Detwilers Famr Market, city halls or police stations in Palmetto, Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and North Port or can be dropped off at any participating school in Manatee or Sarasota county Nov. 10-19.

Any organization, business, school, club, community association or place of worship is encouraged to collect food. Mayors' Feed the Hungry volunteers will provide collection boxes and signs.

Volunteers will deliver empty boxes the first week in November to be filled with non-perishable food items (no glass). Volunteers will pick up the food Nov. 20 and take it to be sorted.

All the food will be given away free in time for Thanksgiving.

The Mayors Feed the Hungry Program all-volunteer organization was started in 1987 by the mayor of Sarasota and has grown to include many government leaders in Sarasota and Manatee counties, charitable groups, religious institutions, service agencies, and concerned citizens who desire to serve the community.

To volunteer or make a donation: Go to mayorsfeedthehungry.org and facebook.com/mayorsfeedthehungry.

Information: Contact Scott Boehler at scott@mayorsfeedthehungry.org.