Goodwill Manasota partners with local food banks to feed the hungry


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Pictured: Goodwill Manasota President Donn Githens (left) with team member Jenna Karbowski at the Goodwill corporate campus in Bradenton

While Goodwill Manasota is well known for accepting donations of lightly used items from the community and selling these products in its retail stores – with the income funding its mission to change lives through the power of work – it is not only items such as clothing, household items, books, sporting goods and electronics are accepted. For many years, Goodwill placed food barrels at all donor doors in its stores as well as at its frequented donation centers in Sarasota and Manatee counties; the beneficiaries are The Food Bank of Manatee, owned and operated by Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, and All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. The most needed items are peanut butter, canned items such as soup, fruits, vegetables, stew, fish and beans, pasta, rice, and grains. Community members are asked not to include items older than 2-3 years old, opened or used, dented / damaged, intended for decorations or displays, or which do not have a label. The Manatee Food Bank is a Manatee PLUS Meals on Wheels PLUS program. The Manatee Food Bank provides nutritional assistance and compassionate support services to people in need across Manatee County by distributing food to nonprofit agencies including pantries, soup kitchens and restaurants. churches. In collaboration with its partners, All Faiths Food Bank offers healthy solutions to end hunger in our community. All Faiths Food Bank, the only food bank and largest anti-hunger organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties, serves those in need through its programs and membership network which includes nearly 200 social service organizations, schools, faith-based and secular organizations and other groups that serve the community. The organizations plan to continue food drives at Goodwill locations.

Pictured: Goodwill Manasota President Donn Githens (left) with team member Jenna Karbowski at the Goodwill corporate campus in Bradenton

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