CFSC grants $25,000 to All Faiths Food Bank for protein needs
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has granted $25,000 to All Faiths Food Bank, to be used for purchasing meat and protein items for local families in need. The gift is from the Season of Sharing Fund, an annual philanthropic fund created by the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, supported by generous private, corporate and foundation donors.
In an effort to offer a more balanced and nutritious diet to local families in need, the Food Bank provides meat and fresh produce along with staples such as peanut butter, rice, beans and soup. A fleet of 9 trucks are on the road distributing food daily, and are scheduled so that perishable food is served or sent home with clients as quickly as possible, adhering to strict food safety standards. Meat and protein rand highest in demand, but it is the most expensive and least available commodity at the Food Bank.
“We are also a ‘nutrition bank’ whenever possible,” said All Faiths Food Bank’s Executive Director Sandra Frank. “Looking for ways to provide more fresh produce and great sources of protein like meat are a top priority at the Food Bank. Thanks to the funds from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County we will be able to give the families that count on us a more balanced and healthier food selection.”
Good nutrition, particularly in children, is important in establishing and maintaining a solid foundation that has implications on a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Adults who are food insecure and typically have less access to and knowledge of the importance of a healthy and balanced diet. They have an increased risk of developing diabetes and a range of chronic illnesses such as hypertension, hyperglycemia, and various cardiovascular risk factors.