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School's Out for Hunger?

The most recent numbers show that 57.9% of students in Lake county receive food benefits during the school year. The most recent numbers show that 57.9% of students in Gadsden county receive food benefits during the school year. While there are free programs that provide entertainment for children during the summer, many of them require participants to bring their own food.

One summer activity with low-cost and high-benefit, is starting a can drive. Donations can be made to Southeastern Food Bank by calling 850-627-2167.

Donations can also be made to support Southeastern Food Bank giving away free food by visiting or via

Winter Garden, Fla. (June 2, 2017) – More than 1.5 million children in Florida are eligible for free
and reduced lunch which only operates during the school year. Distributors like Southeastern Food Bank speed up operations to meet this need.

While reimbursement programs exist during the summer months, there is the initial cost as well as the issue of transportation to designated locations. Southeastern Food Bank works with more than 60 nonprofits across the state, providing them with quality, cost-free food to share with their community.

With 25 years of experience, Southeastern Food Bank’s founder, Mark Anthony knows what the
summer flux looks like. Summer months can often bring double, sometimes triple, the amount of goods that move through the warehouse.

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Southeastern Food Bank recieves $40,000
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Ocoee, Fla. (May 10, 2017) – Southeastern Food Bank, a division of Bread of Life Fellowship, Inc. recently received a $40,000 grant through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, aMcCormick Foundation Fund. The grant is for general support.

$585,000 was distributed to 13 nonprofit organizations in Central Florida through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund in this grant cycle.
Southeastern Food Bank Opens Warehouse in Quincy 
“We wanted to expand, and we knew that this area was the right place,” Anthony said.  “Without food pantries, a food bank can only do so much, and we know there are good partners

This will be the second location for Southeastern Food Bank, expanding their network to 26
counties and over 60 nonprofit organizations across the state. Their mission is to provide nutritious food to small, local organizations that can make a personal investment into each person that is fed by their distribution. Churches, senior centers, women’s centers, schools and prison systems, as well as other nonprofits are all eligible to receive goods and support from Southeastern Food Bank either on
an on-going basis or for occasional events.

The soft opening of the Quincy warehouse proved to be a successful launch. The Gadsden
County School Board and prison system were among the first recipients of goods along with several local churches. More nonprofits have partnered with Southeastern since the opening, but the Food Bank hopes more organizations will partner with them.

“We just want to make a difference.” Says Vinny Correale, the Outreach Director at Southeastern Food Bank. “We keep the food moving quickly and that’s easy because we have such
great partners.”

If you or an organization you know would like to partner with Southeastern Food Bank and
receive food or goods, call the main office 850-627-2167. Donations to support the distribution
process can be made at 

Quincy, Fla. (May 9, 2017) – Quincy is a new home for Southeastern Food Bank. Now open,
the 8,000-square-foot warehouse is providing food and goods to nonprofits in North Florida free of cost.

Southeastern Food Bank is prepared to bring refrigerated goods and nonperishables as well as
non-food items to a nine-county area. The food bank is not the only distributor to the area, however it does not charge fees per-pound, membership dues, or any form of required payment. Donations are the only form of income, and can be made at pickup or online by anyone.

“Little pantries and events make a big difference,” says Mark Anthony, Founder of
Southeastern Food Bank. “We know that times get tough, and that’s when the people and nonprofits need the most support. We are here to do that, best we can.”

Parts of North Florida are identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as being a food
desert. These areas are marked by a lack of access to nutritious food, either because of financial status or due to a lack of stores in an area. Southeastern Food Bank combats both qualifications by distribution to multiple food pantries and by accepting donations, when possible, in favor of fees per-pound
or on a membership basis.

Over the past 25 years Southeastern Food Bank has been meeting needs in central Florida with a desire to expand north. Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla
and Jefferson Counties have all been identified as places with need and the infrastructure to make use of this unique distribution method.​
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