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Community Spotlight: Food Bank of Manatee Asking Community to Help "White Out Hunger" This Summer


The Food Bank of Manatee is asking the community to take part in upcoming events to help “White Out Hunger” and fill their shelves this summer, when donations are slow. “Summer is always a difficult time of year for us,” said Cindy Sloan, Director of The Food Bank of Manatee, “because food donations decrease considerably, while demand increases. Without school-provided meals, local families need food assistance even more.”

A Guest Bartending Event will take place at Halfway at AMOB Landside on May 30, 2013, 6-8pm. Guest bartenders Amanda & John Horne, Chris Whittaker, and David Scherer will entertain and pour drinks, with all tips going to The Food Bank of Manatee’s campaign to “White Out Hunger” this summer. Halfway at Anna Maria Oyster Bar “Landside” is located at 6906 14th Street West in Bradenton.

The second event, “White Out Hunger Party” will be on June 6, 2013, 6-9pm. A casual evening with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, raffles and live music, the event will be held at a private home on Palma Sola Bay. Tickets are $50 ($25 is tax-deductible) and can be purchased at foodbankofmanatee.org or by calling 941-749-0100. Attendees are encouraged to wear white to show support for hunger prevention efforts. All proceeds benefit The Food Bank of Manatee.

“These are going to be fun events for a serious issue here in Manatee County. We are so thankful to Chris, David, Amanda, and John for offering their time to help our community with the basic necessity of food,” says Maribeth Phillips, CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, which operates The Food Bank of Manatee.

About The Food Bank of Manatee 

The Food Bank of Manatee provides nutritional assistance to children and families in need throughout Manatee County by distributing food to non-profit agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, and churches. The Food Bank also assembles Emergency Family and Baby Baskets for people in crisis. For information on how to donate, host a food drive, or volunteer, visit www.foodbankofmanatee.org or call 941-747-4655.


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