About "A Full Summer"

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 seventh 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 coordinate a canned food drive each May. All of our efforts are geared toward providing anyone who wants to a way to help address the issue of food insecurity in our community.

To date, A FULL SUMMER volunteers have assembled more than 320,000 meals that have been distributed to children and their families in the Big Bend areaand A FULL SUMMER has donated an additional $18,000 in cash to Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

Why do we do this?

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.


How You Can Help

Summer Food Packaging Event

Now in it's seventh year, the A FULL SUMMER Food Packaging Event is an annual event. 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. The event is manned by volunteers and we ask each volunteeer to raise or donate $50. This covers the cost of the food you will assemble. A $50 donation will cover the cost of producing 200 meals -- our goal for each volunteer during the two-hour shift.

NOTE: Due to the amazing response to this year's call for volunteers, all worker spots for the 2019 have been filled. The 2019 event is being 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. John's Episcopal Church

A founding partner of A FULL SUMMER


First Baptist Church of Tallahassee

A founding partner of A FULL SUMMER


Second Harvest of the Big Bend

A food bank serving the 11 counties of the Big Bend


Amos P. Godby High School

Host of 2019 food packaging event..


Make a Donation

Of course, you can always make a DONATION and no donation is too small. Any amount raised above and beyond the cost of the food and materials needed for the assembly event will go directly to Second Harvest of the Big Bend. (Note: You DO NOT need a PayPal account to make a donation online; PayPal is simply processing our contributions. Select PayPal as your payment method, but you can choose to Pay By Credit Card... and "No Thanks" to the offer to open a PayPal account.

If you prefer snail mail, you can send a check payable to "A FULL SUMMER" mailed to: St. John's Episcopal Church, 211 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301 Attn: A FULL SUMMER.

Canned Food Drive

Anyone can participate in our annual CANNED FOOD DRIVE, which takes place each May. Our 2019 Canned Food Drive is underway! If you would like to have a collection box at your location, please message us. We will gladly drop it off and pick up your donations on May 30! Thanks to the following local groups and businesses for participating: