Food-related Catalyst article!

Five years ago, 37 percent of kids in Sarasota County were eligible for free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches. That number has now climbed to 50 percent. “We went from one in three, which was high, to one in two,” said Jill Collins, Director of Nutrition Education at All Faiths Food Bank. All Faiths, one of Florida’s 17 food banks, covers three counties and provides not just foodstuffs to the community but also a variety of educational programs and other innovative forms of aid. Since the economy has gone sour, the food bank business has been bittersweetly booming. Last year, All Faiths distributed three million pounds of food — this year, they expect closer to five million. (…continued)