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Sarasota News Leader November 29, 2013 Page 52 could support the initiative, Rovine said on present for that event, Biehl said. "It was just another blessing on top of the food drive." Nov. 25. The Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has helped more than 390,000 hungry persons in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987, according to a news release issued at the outAs a result of public generosity, Biehl said, set of the food drive. 145 boxes of food were delivered to each of The program is endorsed by the mayors of the nonprofit food pantries participating in Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice and the Mayors Feed the Hungry Program, along Longboat Key, as well as the chairs of the with frozen turkeys and the gift cards. North Port City Council and the Sarasota and Biehl also expressed gratitude to Sean Murphy, Manatee County Commissions. "This is a no-brainer as far as we are concerned," Rovine told the News Leader. "It is very, very important to make sure people don't go hungry." co-owner of the Eat Here restaurants, who opened a rooftop dining area at his downtown Sarasota location on Nov. 22. All the money patrons paid for their skyline dinners that day went to the Mayors program, too, Biehl explained. A number of former mayors and current Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston were Manuel R. Chepote, LUTCF Chepote Insurance Inc. 1300 Main Street • Sarasota, Florida (941) 366-0100 Serving Sarasota & Manatee Counties Biehl also pointed out that the organization comprises volunteers only; it has no paid staff. More information may be found at All photos are by Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel. % Auto • Home • Life Renters • Motorcycles Flood • Business • Annuities Financial Services Click for driving directions

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