Additionally, volunteers are needed to sort food collected from locations throughout the community on Friday, November 20. Sorting will take place in the ballpark's East Lot between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Volunteers do not need to sign up in advance.
"Partnering with the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program has become an important tradition for our organization, which has a long-standing commitment to fighting hunger locally and in the Mid-Atlantic region," said DAVID ROVINE, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota. "We encourage local residents to participate in this important program by bringing non-perishable food items to Ed Smith Stadium and by volunteering to help sort donations. Together, we can help improve the lives of families in need throughout the Sarasota area."
The Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has collected and distributed more than 200 tons of food and more than $2 million in food gift cards given to the hungry in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987. The organization's Thanksgiving food drive collects more than 46 tons of non-perishable food items annually. Food is distributed through charitable groups, religious institutions, and service agencies. Mayors' Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards.
"Mayors' Feed the Hungry is thrilled to team up with the Orioles again this year," said JOEL SWALLOW, chair of the Mayors' Feed the Hungry program. "The Orioles very graciously open their Sarasota home to host our annual food drive, demonstrating their commitment to giving back to the community."
The program is endorsed by the mayors of Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice, Longboat Key, and North Port, as well as the chairs of the Sarasota and Manatee County Commissions. More information can be found at www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.
The Orioles' participation with the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub's year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long, proving that their commitment to the club's southern home goes far beyond baseball. For more information or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.