The Siesta Key Kiwanis Club has been gleaning backyard fruit every year since 2003. Its now the 10th anniversary of this program. In those 10 years we've learned a great deal about making this happen, and about the food bank's importance to families and children in the Sarasota regional community.
After reviewing the 2012 gleaning results, All Faiths Food Bank asked if the Siesta Key Kiwanis Club could expand its gleaning program. They had three reasons for the request: First, because of "the great recession," demand on the food bank's resources remains high - many families are still struggling. Second, because the food bank recognized the importance of sourcing fresh, locally grown, food for its clients. Third, because good food should never go to waste!
We of course, said "yes."