A FULL SUMMER began in 2013 as a food packaging event that brings together volunteers prepared to donate time and money to package meals for the hungry and food insecure in our local area. Now in its eighth year, 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. In addition to the annual food packaging event, we now also sponsor food pantries at Pineview Elementary School and Oak Ridge Elementary School in Tallahassee.
To date, A FULL SUMMER volunteers have assembled more than 366,000 meals that have been distributed to children and their families in the Big Bend area and A FULL SUMMER has donated an additional $50,721.70 in cash to Second Harvest of the Big Bend.
No child should ever go hungry. Yet one in five 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.