The organization’s 30th anniversary celebration was held on March 22 at Harvest Church.
Community leaders and philanthropic supporters came together March 22 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program.
Since it was founded by former Sarasota Mayor Fredd “Glossie” Atkins in 1987, the organization has collected and distributed over 200 tons of food and given over $2,000,000 in food gift cards to hungry residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties.
The anniversary event began with opening remarks from Master of Ceremonies Scott Denis of ABC-7 News and Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Chairman Joel Swallow, a prayer and blessing from Pastor Dan Minor and Rabbi Howard Simon and a performance by singer Sheaquess Mapps and keyboardist Sheldon Graham.
Guests then enjoyed their Sonny’s BBQ lunch — with dessert provided by Der Dutchman Restaurant — before perusing the silent auction table, which included items ranging from a jersey autographed by Tampa Bay Lightning player Anton Stralman to a two-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
After lunch, guests enjoyed another performance by Mapps before listening to keynote speaker Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells.