A Full Summer

Cooking PotTomato GirlWhat is A FULL SUMMER?

A FULL SUMMER is a food packaging event that will bring together volunteers prepared to donate time and money to package meals for the hungry and food insecure in our local area. This is an extraordinary event of giving and caring where neighbors, congregations, memberships, work groups,and communities — anyone of any age or background can participate and extend love to those in need.

Why do we do this each summer?

No child should ever go hungry. Yet one in four children in the Big Bend Area are food insecure. Summer is particularly challenging because school-based free and reduced lunch programs are not available. Summer is also a time when extreme weather can wreak havoc in our area, often displacing children and their families or causing power outages that result in food loss. The purpose of A FULL SUMMER is to bridge the gap for these children and their families. Meals prepared at A FULL SUMMER are distributed by Second Harvest of the Big Bend to low-income children and families in the 11-county Big Bend community. By participating in A FULL SUMMER, we are making a difference in a child's life by ensuring that he or she has nutritious meals.

When will A FULL SUMMER take place?

The 2018 "A FULL SUMMER" event will take place on June 2, 2018 from 10am to Noon at Godby High School.

Who sponsors this event?

This food packaging event is supported by Leon County Schools in partnership with St. John's Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, and the generous support of volunteers and other contributors to benefit Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

St. Johns

St. John's Episcopal Church is a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida located in downtown Tallahassee within walking distance from the state capitol building. Learn more...

Hope 2 The Hungry Event

First Baptist Church of Tallahassee is located downtown, two blocks from the capitol building. It is a regional church involved in many activities in the community and around the world. Learn more...

Second harvest

Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the food bank that distributes over 6.2 million pounds of food every year, equaling 5.2 million meals, for those in need. Learn more...

Apple guyHow to participate?

WOW! We have reached our capacity for meal assembly volunteers at this year's A FULL SUMMER event! Unfortunately, we cannot exceed our limit based on room size. But if you would like to be placed on the food assembly volunteers waiting list, please contact Laurye Messer at 850-893-0602.

That said, we really want everyone who has a desire to support this extraordinary event to have that opportunity. So, this year we are organizing a canned food drive to complement our food assembly effort. If you belong to an organization, business, or group who would like to get involved, contact Tracy Ippolito (850-443-9086 or tracy@velocityonline.net) to arrange for delivery of a Second Harvest of the Big Bend canned food collection box. We will create signage for you to share with your group/staff AND we will take care of picking up your donations on May 31.

Or, if you would like to make a monetary donation to A FULL SUMMER, any amount raised above and beyond the cost of the food needed for this year's event will go directly to Second Harvest of the Big Bend. And no donation is too small!


You Can Donate by Check
Or... Make A Donation Online

You can send a check made payable to

St.John's Episcopal Church
211 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL  32301  


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For More Information

For more information contact Laurye Messer at 850-893-0602