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A FULL SUMMER IS BACK!! On Saturday, June 4, 2022 we will host our 10th Annual food packing event! We have talked with Second Harvest and they have a big need for nutritious snacks during the summer. Our mission is to meet the nutritional needs of our kids. If they need summer snacks more than the meals we used to make, we will provide them! So, we will pack bags of nutritious snacks and each bag will contain a note from A FULL SUMMER handwritten by a volunteer onsite. Second Harvest will take our snacks and distribute them to agencies that host children during the summer.  

The Snack Pack event registration is now full. However, A FULL SUMMER is more than just that one event. We need to raise $10,000 to purchase the snacks, but we have also committed to raising $4,095 to pay for the monitoring services of a new initiative called Hope 24/7 Grocery Locker. This is a food storage locker that will be located at Sabal Palm Elementary so that families who cannot get to the school’s pantry during operating hours can still have access to nutritious food. The compartments in the locker can accommodate fresh foods because they are refrigerated. Our donation will cover the temperature monitoring, maintenance, and support services the locker needs to operate safely for one year. Our fundraising goal is $30,095! We know we can do this!

We’re hoping you’ll donate to our mission to feed our kids.

And we will always be devoted to sponsoring our eight school food pantries at a cost of $16,000! Our school food pantries are: Pineview, Oak Ridge, Chaires, Springwood, W.T. Moore, and Sabal Palm Elementary Schools, Fairview Middle School, and Rickards High School. 

Of course, we ask that you keep in mind that situations change. If, heaven forbid, another Covid-19 variant rears its ugly head, we may have to modify our gathering. But, Covid-19 will NOT stop us from feeding our kids! We've proven that the last two years!!! THANK YOU!!! 

YOU can make a difference in a child’s life this summer and ALL year! 

Thank you,

Matt Hansard
Tracy Ippolito
Becky Liner
Jim Messer
Laurye Messer

Virtual Event funds 8 food pantries AND purchases refrigerators and freezers for local school

Despite the pandemic and our need to host a virtual event, donations to A FULL SUMMER continued to come in and thanks to you, we raised $39,267.70! As a result, we are sponsoring 8 pantries for 2 years!

"A Full Summer" looks to provide meals for children

(Tallahassee Democrat, 2019) Three hundred volunteers from the community all teamed up to assemble meals to help "A Full Summer" feed children during the summer break. During Saturday's event, the volunteers packaged more than 60,000 meals that Second Harvest of the Big Bend will distribute to summer programs at recreation centers and churches.

"A Full Summer" Packs Thousands of Meals for Hungry Kids and Families

(WFSU, 2018) There were 300 volunteers for A Full Summer – so many they filled the Godby High School cafeteria on Saturday. Churches and law firms competed to pack the most meals. This year the assembly project, which began in 2011, added a canned food drive for a total of 63,000 meals provided to Second Harvest of the Big Bend over the weekend. Organizer Laurye Messer says she'd been surprised to learn that Leon ranks third-highest for food insecurity of all Florida's 67 counties.