COVID19, Press Release

United Way Suncoast Awards $5000 for Harvest Food Pantry



Manatee/Sarasota, Fla. (May 14, 2020) – Harvest House is committed to ensuring that individuals and families in Manatee and Sarasota Counties have access to food. Harvest House is pleased to announce that United Way Suncoast, is providing the nonprofit $5,000 in emergency. The funds are part of more than $1.5 million of COVID-19 emergency assistance from the United Way Suncoast’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund being distributed to human services agencies across the Suncoast to support housing/shelter, food, childcare, financial stability, and mental health services.

“With this support, we’re able to continue providing meals to the most vulnerable in our community. Since the start of the stay-at-home order, the Harvest Food Pantry now distributes food to nearly 1500 men, women, and children each week,” stated Harvest House Executive Director, Erin Minor. “We find it a privilege to serve our community, and it is because of our supporters that we can pivot quickly to meet emerging needs.”

Harvest House will use the funds for their Harvest Food Pantry, one of the largest food pantries in the Sarasota area. Not only does the pantry distribute food to households, but it is also a resource for local nonprofits and outreach efforts, such as group homes for foster children and the elderly. The Harvest Food Pantry distributes to the community weekly.

“It is our job to raise funds, awareness of need, and mobilize volunteers for the critical services needed during this crisis. United Way Suncoast is proud to partner with Harvest House. This funding is immediately being put to work to support individuals and families in our community” says Jessica Muroff, CEO United Way Suncoast.

About Harvest House

Harvest House, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the premise that all people deserve safe, stable housing and the opportunity to renew their hope and dream again. As a pioneer in the transitional and permanent housing movement, they are the only organization in Sarasota to participate in the development, preservation, and management of affordable, service-enriched housing. This model is becoming the standard for serving families and individuals who are working to rebuild their lives. They believe that affordable housing and supportive programs improve the economic status of residents, revitalize neighborhoods, and stabilize lives.

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