11 Aug Hunger Outreach
The Hunger Outreach committee has been busy providing much needed resources to the families in Sarasota and surrounding communities who need it most. We started the year off by partnering with Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County and the Big Latch-On event. The Big Latch-On is a celebration event for women that promotes and supports breastfeeding and offers peer support to each other. For the event, we donated 1,000 baby onesies to be distributed during the event and were also given out to new mothers at local hospitals.
Again this year, we worked with The Tiny Hands Foundation to provide healthy and delicious snacks to children as they return to school. Many Junior League Volunteers helped fill 1,600 backpacks with the snacks and various other school supplies.
At the September GMM, we facilitated a food drive to help fight hunger in the community that came as a result of Hurricane Irma. On very short notice, 465 pounds of food was donated to All Faiths Food Bank from the donations at our membership meeting. The following day, League members went to All Faiths Food Bank and sorted 3,300 pounds of food which equals to 4,950 meals for immediate distribution to their local partnerships and into the hands of hungry families. We continue to grow, improve, and expand our signature community project.
The Hunger Outreach committee continues to host slow cooker classes, as we have done since the 2015-2016 league year. We continue to do so through our partnership with All Faiths Food Bank and their “Cooking Matters” program. We have also hosted many classes in partnership with other non-profits such as Girls Inc., The Boys and Girls Club, The Lighthouse of Manasota, and The Orchard Place. During these classes, we teach participants how to economically shop for and make easy meals to feed their families. At the end of the class, each person gets to take home a slow cooker, a meal they made during class, a slow cooker recipe book, and a bag full of kitchen essentials such as can openers and measuring cups.