Feeding the Hungry

An 11-year-old from South Florida, Jack Davis, brought about the Florida Restaurant Lending a Helping Hand Act after learning that restaurants throw leftover food away rather than donate it because of liability concerns. Now our own, Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, is using the recent amendment to fight community hunger. Working with the local Barnabas Center and the Salvation Army Hope House, leftover food is packaged and prepared for pick-up.
“There is a quiet desperation in our community,” said Susan Holden-Dodge of the Barnabas Center. “The demand for food is increasing as more people find themselves living from paycheck to paycheck, burdened by rising gas prices and a sinking economy. They’re forced to choose between filling their gas tanks and filling their stomachs. This partnership will help us narrow the gap and come closer to meeting their basic needs.”
This is an exciting initiative benefiting our community, rather than wasting the excess food that comes from serving nearly 1500 meals every day at the plush resort.

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