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Another FULL SUMMER is in the history books! Although under normal circumstances, we'd have held our meal assembly event on June 6, the COVID-19 prevented us from being physically together. But it DID NOT prevent us from DOING something to help our food insecure children and their families.
A FULL SUMMER is a grassroots effort supported by local businesses, clubs, religious groups, and individuals who care about our community. They are what is best about Tallahassee.
Now for what you all want to know. How much did we raise/virtually assemble? Drum roll............ $27,493.50! THAT'S equivalent to 109,974 meals!
That is a record amount! We can sponsor a food pantry at Pineview Elementary School and Oak Elementary Schools for the 2020-2021 school year AND give a donation to Second Harvest of the Big Bend earmarked for children. Each school received $2,000 and Second Harvest received $23,493.50. The schools will go through Second Harvest to obtain food for their pantries.
It wasn't the kind of meal assembly we all envisioned when 2020 began. As a matter of fact, the year 2020 hasn't been what we all expected when it first started. But, we raised more funds than ever before at a time when it was needed more than ever before. THANK YOU! A FULL SUMMER volunteers are changing the world, one child at a time!!
A FULL SUMMER began in 2013 as a food packaging event that brings together volunteers prepared to donate time and money to package meals for the hungry and food insecure in our local area. Now in its eighth year, this is an extraordinary event of giving and caring where neighbors, congregations, memberships, work groups, and communities — anyone of any age or background can participate and extend love to those in need. In addition to the annual food packaging event, we now also sponsor food pantries at Pineview Elementary School and Oak Ridge Elementary School in Tallahassee.
To date, A FULL SUMMER volunteers have assembled more than 366,000 meals that have been distributed to children and their families in the Big Bend area and A FULL SUMMER has donated an additional $50,721.70 in cash to Second Harvest of the Big Bend.
No child should ever go hungry. Yet one in five children in the Big Bend Area are food insecure. Summer is particularly challenging because school-based free and reduced lunch programs are not available. Summer is also a time when extreme weather can wreak havoc in our area, often displacing children and their families or causing power outages that result in food loss. The purpose of A FULL SUMMER is to bridge the gap for these children and their families.
Imagine being a child at school during lunchtime and you’re so worried about food that you hide a portion of your meal to save it for dinner. This scenario happens on a daily basis in Leon County. No child should go to bed hungry.
Did you know that 42.65% of children who attend Leon County Schools qualify for free or reduced- price lunch? For many of these kids, lunch is the only meal they can depend on eating.
This year, A FULL SUMMER volunteers raised enough funds to sponsor food pantries at Pineview Elementary School and Oak Ridge Elementary School in Tallahassee. As Pineview Elementary Principal Carmen Conner said, “Our two food pantries (outdoor shelf and school pantry) have both made a significant impact on our community. Thanks to the help of A FULL SUMMER, we are filling a huge void for families in need on a DAILY basis!”
The 2020 event was supported by Leon County Schools in partnership with St. John's Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, and the generous support of volunteers and other contributors to benefit Second Harvest of the Big Bend.
A founding partner of A FULL SUMMER
A founding partner of A FULL SUMMER
A food bank serving the 11 counties of the Big Bend