Over 265 schools, companies and organizations collected food for the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Drive. All together we collected 50 tons of non-perishable food items and 2,300 turkeys. All this was given away FREE to local food pantries. (courtesy Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program Facebook)
Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota and Manatee County officials are asking for the public's help those less fortunate in the community by donating food items for the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program this Christmas.
Officials say the donations collected to help feed the hungry in Sarasota and Manatee counties through the holiday season have run out.
This year, the Mayors Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Food Drive received a record-breaking 50 tons of food that were given to area food pantries to be distributed. In addition, $180,000 in gift cards that can be used for food at area Publix stores and 2,400 turkeys were also collected.
"We are grateful to everyone who helped out. People on the Suncoast made a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of their hungry neighbors," said campaign chair Joel Swallow.
However, officials say more is needed for families to help them through Christmas.
"The need isn't limited to Thanksgiving. We feed everyone who's hungry, and this year we have thousands of school children on the list," says Swallow.
You can help by donating food at most City Halls or cash at www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.
The Mayors Feed the Hungry Program is an all-volunteer group that began in 1987 in the City of Sarasota. It has since grown to include the mayors of most cities and towns in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, as well as the leaders of both county governments.
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