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NEWS BRIEFS (From left) South County Food Pantry board members Rosie Schroeder, Joan Blanchard, Mike Gippert and Mary Ellen Ryan accept a check from Community Foundation of Sarasota County President and CEO Roxie Jerde (second from left). Photo courtesy Community Foundation of Sarasota County FOUNDATION AWARDS $40,000 TO SOUTH COUNTY FOOD PANTRY The Community Foundation of Sarasota County recently awarded $40,000 from its Kathleen K. Catlin Fund to the South County Food Pantry, which serves Venice, Nokomis, Osprey and Laurel. The organization, which operates out of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Venice, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon, serving thousands of area residents in need, a press release says. for the individuals and families who rely on the organization for food." The Kathleen K. Catlin fund is administered by an advisory committee of Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The South County Food Pantry has been in operation since 1986. There are more than 75 volunteers who help receive, sort and distribute food to clients, the release notes. Last year, the organization served more than 5,500 "Kathleen Catlin was an extraordinary donor families, nearly 11,000 adults and more than from Venice who cared deeply about south 3,600 children, the release points out. county," says Community Foundation of Sara"Some food is purchased — at a greatly dissota County President and CEO Roxie Jerde counted rate — but much is donated by area in the release. "This grant continues her legachurches, schools, mobile home parks, sercy of caring about those who are most in need vice clubs, businesses and caring individuals," by supporting a nonprofit that selflessly serves the release adds. and strengthens our community. The South County Food Pantry, which is wholly staffed For more information about Community by volunteers and maximizes every donated Foundation of Sarasota County, call 955-3000 dollar, provides a vital service and is a lifeline or go to

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