Did You Know ….
AFFB distributed over 5.5 million pounds of food,which equates to nearly 4.6 million meals
- 90% increase in food distribution since 2007
- Over 88,000 meals distributed weekly
- Over 190 partner agencies and programs
- AFFB provides food to 1 out of 8 residents in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties
- 91¢ of every dollar donated is allocated to product and distribution
- With every $1 donated, we can buy enough food for 8 meals
- Accredited by national food bank network Feeding America
- Over 850 volunteers and 22 staff
- 6 refrigerated trucks delivering to agencies and collecting food donations
Some Scary Statistics
50% of the school children in Sarasota County come from families that can’t afford the food they need to effectively learn in school. In DeSoto County, the number is 90%.
1 in 4 children are food deprived.
AFFB now serves over 1,700 school-age children in the BackPack Kids Program.
There were 925 registered homeless children in Sarasota County during the 2011-2012 school year.
Sample of Programs AFFB Provides for Those Who Are at Risk for Hunger
BackPack Kids – food for school-age low-income and homeless children over the weekend and during school holidays (25 schools | 25 Volunteer Packing Sites | Over 50,000 backpacks distributed)
Cooking Matters – direct outreach for low-income children, teens, adults and families offering practical, hands-on cooking experience and nutrition education (18 Cooking Matters Courses | 108 classes | over 300 participants |Over 1,800 meals prepared in class | Over 7,200 meals provided in take-home bags)
Growing Healthy Kids – direct outreach for low-income preschoolers and families offering practical, hands-on gardening, physical activity and cooking experience and nutrition education at daycare and preschool sites (52 Preschools | 187 classrooms |2,571 participants | 297 teachers trained | 41 volunteers)
Kids Café – nutritious after school meals in a safe and supportive environment for children at risk of going hungry at night – complements afterschool tutoring
Mobile Cupboard - client choice food distribution in underserved neighborhoods
Staples Boxes – in an emergency situation enough food for a family of 4 for 2 days
Turkey Distribution - through our partner agencies over 6,000 turkeys to families in need at Thanksgiving
USDA Commodity Distribution – monthly food distribution to families in need
Veterans Appreciation – food for low-income veterans
Wellness Boxes – non-perishable food designed for clients with diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol or high blood pressure
Did you know that 35% of the people served by All Faiths Food Bank have at least one working member in their household? Many are single parents trying to raise their children on one income.