Hunger Hurts

FEED THE STUDENT
& FUEL THE BRAIN.

The Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation and All Faiths Food Bank

Making sure that all students have healthy meals is crucial to learning and preventing chronic absences. The Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation and All Faiths Food Bank are working with the Sarasota County Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Coalition to promote school readiness, combat learning loss, and prevent chronic absences.

The Rotary Club of Sarasota has partnered with Alta Vista Elementary School and the Food Bank since 2010. The club provides funding and volunteers for its Back Pack Kids Nutritional Food Program and the School-Based Pantry so students can avoid going hungry after school. Rotarians also assist with Alta Vista’s Eagle Academy, a specialized program designed to minimize summer reading loss. This type of support from the Community Foundation of Sarasota, the Rotary Club of Sarasota and other organizations has helped Alta Vista and staff achieve Five Star, A-Ratings four years in a row.

In 2014, Rotary and All Faiths added a School-Based Pantry program at Emma E. Booker Elementary School and helped the Rotary Club of Longboat Key establish one at Tuttle Elementary School. The Rotary Club of Sarasota’s charitable arm, The Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation, established a grants program to help qualified organizations initiate and sustain School-Based Pantries and other initiatives that support any or all of the Campaign’s three pillars for Grade Level Reading.

When school lets out, hunger often begins for over half of Sarasota County’s elementary school students. Your contributions to The Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation’s Grants program are used to help qualified organizations initiate and sustain initiatives that promote school readiness, combat summer learning loss and prevent chronic absence.

Every two weeks School Based Food Pantries, sponsored by All Faiths Food Bank and the Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation and served by the organization listed, distribute healthy groceries to Title 1 qualified students’ families.

Chronic absenteeism hinders grade level reading.
Food insecurity is a major cause
of chronic absenteeism!

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