Did you know that 1 out of every 6 people is going hungry? At The Food Bank of Manatee, we see firsthand the need for food assistance in our community. We work with over 100 local agencies and food pantries to distribute food for our neighbors in need. In 2013, The Food Bank distributed 4.2 million pounds of food.
A community referral network allows The Food Bank of Manatee to serve those in need of emergency help and prevents duplication of assistance. If you or someone you know needs help, please call 2-1-1 to find a Food Bank partner agency that can assist you.
Hunger is not only reserved for third-world countries, but it is affecting millions of people in America and in our community every day.
The Food Bank by the Numbers
The Food Bank of Manatee is the largest hunger prevention organization in Manatee County and now more than ever, we need your help. The numbers below indicate just how critical it is for Food Bank of Manatee to continue its fight against hunger.
CHILDREN AND HUNGER:
Recent statistics showed that almost 25% of families in the Bradenton/Sarasota/Venice area reported an inability to provide enough food for their kids. There are over 1,500 homeless children in the Manatee school system, and at least 1,000 more who are not school-age or not reported. These children are most at risk for the dangers of malnutrition.
WHAT WE DO:
The Food Bank of Manatee is the primary distribution point of food for the entire county, working with 100 food pantries, soup kitchens, and social service agencies to alleviate hunger. The Food Bank also assembles Emergency Family & Baby baskets for those in crisis. In 2013, The Food Bank provided 3,000 Emergency Family and Baby Baskets for 4,752 individuals in crisis, of whom 2,612 were babies under age two, as a means of temporary assistance so those in need can find a more permanent solution to their situation. In an effort to discourage dependency on the program, only one basket per family per year is permitted.
In 2013, The Food Bank of Manatee distributed approximately 4.2 million pounds of food, an increase from the 2012 distribution of 3.7 million pounds. Thanks to retail store donation programs and local farm contributions, The Food Bank was successful in meeting the increasing need of its agencies.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Food Bank of Manatee, 811 23rd Ave. E, Bradenton, 34208.
All contributions are tax-deductible. Businesses that want to arrange for a food collection barrel, call 941-747-FOOD (3663). For a Food Drive Kit, click here. For a flyer to add your company's name and drive dates, click here.