Sarasota, Florida -- The Orioles and the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program are teaming up again this year to collect and distribute food to help people in need in the Sarasota area.
Beginning Nov. 1, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium and will host the charity's Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the stadium on Nov. 22.
"Hosting the Mayors' Feed the Hungry food sorting day at Ed Smith Stadium again this year demonstrates the Orioles' strong belief in going to bat against hunger," said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota. "The Orioles are proud to be a part of the Sarasota community, and we remain a committed year-round community partner, giving back through OriolesREACH and our Sarasota 365 program."
Starting Nov. 1, non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium, located at 2700 12th street, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The collection station is located at the Euclid Avenue entrance, just south of Café 54. The stadium will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans' Day.
On Friday, Nov. 22, volunteers are needed to sort food collected from locations throughout the community. Sorting will take place in the East Lot between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sorting day volunteers do not need to sign up in advance.
The Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has helped more than 390,000 hungry persons in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987. The organization's Thanksgiving food drive collects tons of non-perishable food items annually. Food is distributed through charitable groups, religious institutions and service agencies. Mayors' Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards.
The program is endorsed by the mayors of Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice, and Longboat Key, as well as the chairs of the North Port City Council and the Sarasota and Manatee County Commissions. More information can be found at www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.