Please accept my letter regarding the Service Club of Manatee County. This group of ladies is one of the most valuable assets of Manatee County.
For 50 years the Service Club has worked tirelessly toward their goal of helping deprived children in Manatee County.
I am fortunate to have received their benevolence for the past four years to assist in providing weekend food to homeless and food-deprived children through a back-pack program, Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc.
We could not have expanded from 50 children (ages 5-12) in two schools to over 650 children in 13 schools who receive six complete meals, snacks, drinks, veggies, etc. without their help.
Since Jan. 6, 2011 we have provided 411,582 meals to 68,597 children comprised of 823,164 items or 137 tons of food.
We could not have accomplished this without those "Angels" that call themselves the Service Club of Manatee County.
Jeff Mitchell, Executive Director, Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc. Bradenton