All Faiths Food Bank Opens New Facility in DeSoto County

The Giving Coast

SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY OCT 2, 2019

All Faiths Food Bank will celebrate the official opening of the new DeSoto Food and Resource Center located at 1021 E Oak Street in Arcadia. The ribbon cutting ceremony will welcome and introduce the community to the only Food and Resource Center in DeSoto and one of the few across the nation. Initiated as a pilot program in May 2019, the Food and Resource Center is a one-stop shop that provides greater access to nutritious food and builds partnerships with other services and programs in the community.

Addressing rural hunger has been a key focus for All Faiths Food Bank and, over the past 15 years, it has distributed millions of meals throughout rural DeSoto County.  A community assessment funded by Gulf Coast Community Foundation and its donors recommended the need for a Food Bank facility in DeSoto County.  Since the soft opening in May 2019, the DeSoto Food and Resource Center has surpassed expectations, serving more than 1,700 clients of whom 62% have never received food before from an All Faiths distribution.

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