Good Deeds, May 25 – The Ledger

Good Deeds, May 25  The Ledger

Hancock Whitney has pledged a $25,000 investment in local food pantries as part of its COVID-19 community relief efforts.

This announcement comes on the heels of Hancock Whitney committing $2.5 million to help people in some of the South’s most vulnerable neighborhoods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Locally, Hancock Whitney’s investment will include $20,000 for Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, where it will provide five weekend food bags to an estimated 1,000 families as part of the Food 4 Families program.

Allegiant Private Advisors, of Sarasota, recently donated more than $50,000 to 12 nonprofit organizations in the local community.

Allegiant, which provides fiduciary-level financial planning and investment advisory services, has increased its philanthropic contributions in response to the economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak. Many of the firm’s donations were processed through the 2020 Giving Challenge hosted in April by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, while other gifts have been made directly to nonprofit organizations.

All Faiths Food Bank recently received a total of $64,290 in donations to feed children and families in need.

All Faiths received $10,000 from Bank of America Client Foundation, in support of Backpack and School Pantry programs; $20,000 from Bank of America Charitable Foundation, in support of the School Pantry program; $14,290 from The Mosaic Company Foundation, in support of COVID-19 response efforts; and $20,000 from The Smart Companies, also in support of COVID-19 response efforts.

The food bank distributes backpacks filled with nutritious snacks for students to enjoy over the weekends and holidays. School pantries provide fresh produce, meats and groceries to families in need.

Barry and Leslye Seidel, of American Property Group, Inc., have made substantial donations to the Child Protection Center, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) and Second Chance Last Opportunity-Life Skills & Education Center.

American Property Group is based in Sarasota.

For years, Goodwill Manasota has placed collection bins at each of its attended donation centers so that community members could donate nonperishable foods for those in need; the food has been picked up by the Food Bank of Manatee and All Faiths Food Bank.

In April, in response to an urgent local need, Goodwill made its first delivery of nearly 2,000 pounds of food to Our Daily Bread, a community-driven food pantry and soup kitchen. Since that first delivery, Goodwill has made two more, with food totaling 5,144 pounds.

The impacts of COVID-19 have been particularly challenging for Our Daily Bread. Requests for assistance have climbed, the costs of serving meals have increased due to the need for to-go containers and fewer volunteers have been available as community members have stayed home.

Our Daily Bread President Mark McLaughlin put out calls for help and many local businesses responded.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the Southeastern Guide Dogs Lakewood Ranch Puppy Raiser group delivered 40 meals and individually wrapped snacks, chips, cookies, etc., to the first responders and other hospital staff members at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

Alex Jeanroy, co-area coordinator for the puppy raising group, collected the money from the raisers, and coordinated with Kristina Sparacino, director of marketing at the hospital, and Bob Bender, owner of Ed’s Tavern, who gave 50% off and provided 80 meals.

Therefore, a second delivery of 40 meals was made.

Source: theledger.com

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