PORCH Sarasota

Our local food bank, All Faiths Food Bank, was featured in the Sarasota Herald Tribune which
reported that they’ve experienced a significant increase to food demands. “Due to the COVID-
19 pandemic, demand skyrocketed over the past year and has not retreated. In 2020, All Faiths
saw a sharp increase in the number of community members using its services. It distributed
60% more meals than in 2019, comprising nearly 22.5 million pounds of food and 18.4 million
meals. Of those using its programs and services, 49% were new clients. An astonishing 362%
more users visited the organization’s website seeking food resources.”

The Sarasota PORCH chapter was established in order to help bridge the gap on food supply
deficiencies within the local food pantries who are supported by All Faiths Food Bank.

To make an immediate impact and support our mission within the Sarasota community, please consider volunteering by either donating items and/or becoming a neighborhood coordinator! Click HERE to complete our volunteer form.

Upcoming Collection Dates

FEB
8

February Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed:

  1.  Shelf Stable Items (i.e. Chef Boyardee; Soup/Stews in cans or plastic containers; Hormel Compleats; Hamburger Helper; Canned Tuna/Meats)
  2. Non-refrigerated Microwaveable Meals & Meal Kits
  3. Instant Pasta (i.e. Kraft Mac N Cheese; Cup of Noodles/Ramen)
MAR
8

March Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed:

  1. Paper Products (paper towels, plates, napkins, cups)
  2. Shampoo/Conditioner
  3. Deodorant
  4. Feminine Hygiene Items
  5. Toothpaste
  6. Snack Items
  7. White Rice
  8. Spaghetti Sauce
  9. Ramen Soup

Helping to support GraceLife Food Pantry!

APR
12

April Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed:

  1. Cereal (fun, for kids)
  2. More Items…TBD

Helping to support New Life Worship Center!

MAY
10

May Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed:

  1. Shelf Stable Milk/Powdered Milk (in canisters)
  2. Powdered Milk (in individual pouches)
  3. Saltine Crackers
  4. Spaghetti Sauce

Helping to support Caritas Food Ministry!

JUN
14

June Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed:

  1. Shelf Stable Milk/Powdered Milk
  2. Easy open (pop-tops) Cans or Pouches of Food
    1. Soup/Stew
    2. Tuna
    3. Beans
  3. Protein Bars
  4. Granola Bars

Helping to support Church of the Palms!

JUL
12

July Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed: TBD

AUG
9

August Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed: TBD

SEP
13

September Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed: TBD

OCT
11

October Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed: TBD

NOV
8

November Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed: TBD

DEC
13

December Collection

Where:  Shoreview Amenity Center

When: 8AM to 10AM

Items Needed: TBD

About PORCH

Started in 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC, PORCH is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization that has collected and donated more than $2.1 million in hunger relief across all their communities.

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How PORCH Works

PORCH is built around the very simple idea of a neighborhood food drive. Here’s how it works,
in three easy steps:


On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, residents place a food donation of individual sized-portions
on their front porch (or designated drop-off point within their community).
A volunteer neighborhood coordinator goes porch to porch (or designated drop-off point) and
picks up the food donations.

The donated food is transported by car to a central location where it is sorted, packed and then
delivered to various local food pantries depending on immediate needs and recommended by
All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota.


The three-step process is easy and it’s also efficient. With the help of dedicated volunteers, all
the food collected from the many neighborhood food drives moves from porch to pantries in just
a few hours’ time. From there, it goes to individuals and families who struggle with food
insecurity.


Get Involved

Volunteer

Become a Neighborhood Coordinator and help us offer this program to YOUR Sarasota neighborhood! We are seeking individuals with reliable transportation to collect pantry items and deliver them to our local sorting site.

Do you prefer organizing? We are looking for volunteers to help us sort items once a month.

Please email Sarasota@porchcommunities.org for more info!

Email Us

Make A Donation

See the donate button to place a donation online.

Our Impact

The Sarasota chapter strives to provide the most requested food or hygiene items that local food pantries are seeing an uptick in demand and where they struggle to provide these items on a daily basis for their clients in need.

Sort Dates!

2nd Tuesday Of Every Month:  8AM – 10AM

February 8th Collection

Drop Off: Shoreview Amenity Center
Collecting: Shelf Stable Meals; Microwave Meals; Instant Pasta
Supporting: Harvest Food Pantry

Supporting Neighborhoods

Although we are currently collecting in the Shoreview subdivision of Sarasota, in Lakewood Ranch, our future vision and hope is that we grow to involve other local neighborhoods in our endeavors to help close the gap on hunger within our greater Sarasota community.


Partners

The Harvest Food Pantry

GraceLife Food Pantry

New Life Worship Center

Caritas Food Ministry

Church of the Palms

Truvine Missionary Baptist

All Faiths Food Bank


Founded by Abby Lasky. PORCH Sarasota joins the growing network of PORCH affiliates.