Mayors Feed the Hungry “Fill the Truck” event.
Impact100 SRQ is proud to announce a partnership with Van Wezel to host the Mayor’s Feed the Hungry “Fill the Truck” Food Drive on January 30, 2021. The event will be held in the Van Wezel’s parking lot from 9:00 a.m.-12 noon, and members of the community are encouraged to donate perishable and non-perishable food items for those in need during that time.
Jane Gill Watt, President of Impact100 SRQ commented, “This year we have seen people in our community struggling and they need our help more than ever. We all have a role to play in ensuring everyone in Manatee and Sarasota counties has adequate food and can lead a healthy life. Impact100 SRQ is thrilled to partner with The Van Wezel and Mayor’s Feed the Hungry to help meet our community’s essential needs by filling the truck with perishable food items.”
Through the generous grant awarded to Mayor’s Feed the Hungry, Impact100 SRQ funded the cost of the refrigerated truck that enables Mayor’s Feed The Hungry to collect perishable items which otherwise would not have been available to food pantries and would have inevitably been thrown away. As a result, food pantries will be receiving a much greater variety of fresh food including milk, vegetables and meats for the families they serve.
SUGGESTIONS TO DONATE Perishable Refrigerated
- Fresh vegetables (carrots, spinach, potatoes, collard greens, tomatoes, broccoli, salad greens)
- Fruit (apples, oranges, bananas)
- Dairy (butter, milk, cheese, yogurt)
- Protein (eggs, chicken, pork, lamb, beef)
- Grains and misc (rolls, tortillas, bread, pita)
- Fish (salmon, shrimp, tilapia)
- Prepared Food (lasagna, waffles, frozen dinners, pot pies, breakfast sandwiches)
- Dessert (pies, pound cake)
- Canned beans and all kinds of canned vegetables
- Canned meats (chicken, tuna, SPAM and ham)
- Baby food
- Cooking oils (olive and canola)
- Crackers, nuts, peanut butter, granola bars
- Dried herbs and spices
- Fruit (canned or dried)
· Meals in a box
- Pasta, rice, instant mashed potatoes
- Shelf-stable and powdered milk
- Soup, stew and chili
- Whole Grain Cereal
- Nutritional drinks (Ensure, Boost, Gatorade)
- Canned drinks
- Dog food, Cat food
When purchasing items, try to avoid:
- Junk food
- Items with glass or cellophane packaging, which can be broken in transit
- Things that need can openers or special equipment (pop-top cans for veggies, meat or fruit are a plus)
ABOUT IMPACT100 SRQ
Impact100 SRQ is one of more than sixty chapters worldwide and joins its sister chapters in embracing the local collective giving model. Formed in 2017, Impact100 SRQ brings together a diverse group of women that annually fund transformational grants to local nonprofits in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The model is simple. At least 100 women each give a $1,000 tax deductible donation, and together they collectively award grants in increments of at least $100,000 to local nonprofits in five focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment & Recreation, Family and Health & Wellness. Each member’s annual donation strengthens the power of giving and funds the innovative projects that make a high “Impact” and sustainable difference in our community. To learn more, visit https://impact100srq.org. The 2021 Impact100 SRQ Membership Drive is underway. Click here to become a member.
ABOUT MAYORS’ FEED THE HUNGRY
Since its beginning in 1987, the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program has raised over 4 million dollars, feeding over 765,000 members in need throughout the local communities. This volunteer organization launched with the mission to collect funds and distribute them during the holiday season, and has since expanded to include food drives, community feedings and food gift cards for those in need. To learn more, visit https://mayorsfeedthehungry.org/. To watch the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Finalist Video for the Impact100 SRQ grant supporting this initiative, click here.
ABOUT THE VAN WEZEL PERFORMING ARTS HALL
A true pioneer in the cultural development of Sarasota, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall presents spectacular Broadway musicals, top national and international performers, popular comedians and a compelling mix of classical and dance productions. Owned and operated by the City of Sarasota, the Van Wezel celebrated its 50th Anniversary during the 2019-2020 season. The theater’s Education and Community Engagement Department serves over 35,000 students, teachers and family members each year, teaching them in, through and about the arts. To learn more, visit www.VanWezel.org.
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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236