Transition Sarasota, a local nonprofit focused on connecting recovered food with our food-insecure neighbors, received a $10,000 donation from partner Enza Zaden Research USA to help build program capacity and increase local impact.
This commitment follows the company’s collaboration with Transition Sarasota to harvest and donate locally grown produce to the Food Bank of Manatee and All Faiths Food Bank, putting fresh fruits and vegetables in the hands of diverse communities in need.
Transition Sarasota’s Suncoast Gleaning Project has been gleaning (collecting leftover produce after commercial harvest is complete) from Enza Zaden on and off since 2015. However, changes in the community have now made Enza Zaden their largest partner.
In the last 15 months, Transition Sarasota has rescued and donated over 74,000 pounds of fresh produce with Enza Zaden’s help.
Enza Zaden is an international vegetable seed company.
Financial services firm Edward Jones has renewed its strategic alliance with the Alzheimer’s Association, committing $25 million over the next five years.
The commitment matches the $25 million already raised by Edward Jones, its associates and communities since launching the alliance in 2016.
The total investment, over the course of 10 years, is the largest commitment ever pledged by a corporate partner to the Alzheimer’s Association and is being used to enhance care and support programs, provide educational materials for Edward Jones clients and associates and advance critical Alzheimer’s research.
Stillpoint Mission of Bradenton recently received two grants to support its Basic Food Program for 2020.
A grant of $2,500 came from Publix Supermarket Charities. The Lakewood Ranch Community Fund COVID-19 Support awarded Stillpoint a grant of $5,000.
Both grants will benefit Stillpoint’s efforts to provide basic sustenance to Manatee County’s neediest families. Through its outreach programs, Stillpoint Mission reaches out to the disadvantaged in the community to meet basic daily needs (including food, clothing, diapers, and personal hygiene items) and provide limited financial assistance.
Orthotic & Prosthetic Centers Inc. presented seven laptops to children of its employees.
During the pandemic, OPC had to make staff cuts, like many other local businesses. This left the business with unused laptops/computers. So OPC decided to put them to good use.
OPC refurbished the computers and ran a campaign for employees to obtain one or more for their children to use for e-learning.
Brenda Guel, of the OPC Bradenton office, scored one for each of her three children.
In June, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities held a drive-by parade in honor of health care professionals to benefit the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship Fund.
The parade raised $2,000, which will fund two $1,000 scholarships for student nurses that work at the hospital.