June Recap: Fighting Summer Hunger and Helping ImmigrantsMatthews Eastmoore is celebrating its twenty-fifth year with 25 Acts of Kindness. It’s the middle of the year and we have completed twelve acts of kindness! In June, we partnered with All Faiths Food Bank’s Hunger Heroes program and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc.

All Faiths Food Bank: Hunger HeroesAs our first act of kindness this past January, Matthews Eastmoore held a canned food drive for All Faiths Food Bank. To continue supporting this wonderful organization, the firm donated to the Campaign Against Summer Hunger during a matching gift drive. In Sarasota and DeSoto counties, when school meals end and summer begins, over 40,000 children go hungry. The Campaign against Summer Hunger works to end summer hunger for school aged children—those that help with the efforts are named Hunger Heroes. Matthews Eastmoore is now a proud Hunger Hero!

The food is distributed to children through many different channels to make sure as many children as possible are reached. Last year, school pantries for summer school students distributed 44,716 pounds of food; mobile pantries provided food to 5,351 children; and back packs filled with food were available at 70 locations. All in all, 31,000 children had nutritious meals over the summer.

All Faiths Food Bank: Campaign Against Summer Hunger

We Invite You to Become a Hunger HeroMatthews Eastmoore invites you to join with us to support All Faiths Food Bank. Visit https://www.allfaithsfoodbank.org/donate/ to donate to the Campaign Against Summer Hunger or make a non-perishable food donation at any Sarasota County Goodwill location.

Catholic Charities: Immigration Services

Our own Maureen Kuzma has been supporting Catholic Charities mission for years and suggested Matthews Eastmoore join her efforts. The organization serves over 40,000 people in need through various programs focused on sustaining, stabilizing, and strengthening families and individuals. Through Maureen, we met Sister Anne DeNicolo who suggested we help their Arcadia location, which focuses on immigration services and farm worker housing. Sister DeNicolo explained that one of their greatest needs was for cleaning and household supplies. To help Catholic Charities meet their need, the firm collected bottles of laundry detergent, bleach, and toilet paper, which attorney Keith DuBose delivered. Sister Anne said the delivery came just in time, as they were on their last package of toilet paper!

All Faiths Food Bank: Campaign Against Summer Hunger Photos

To find out more about the great work Catholic Charities does in our community, please visit: http://www.catholiccharitiesdov.org.

Catholic Charities: Letter from Sister Anne DeNicolo