This post will be continuously updated as the days progress and new information becomes available.
With school closing until at least March 30, leaving many students who rely on receiving breakfast and lunch at school to go without. Parents are scrambling to find resources and I’m determined to find all the resources I can to help. Through every disaster that has struck our community, we have seen our local businesses and restaurants step up to give back. We truly are #VeniceStrong and I am so proud to see everyone coming together again because of the Corona Virus aka Covid-19.
Where Can I Go For Food Assistance in Venice?
With all of the uncertainty going on in our world because of this virus, there are many families suffering due to closures of businesses, unpaid sick leave and other circumstances beyond their control. If you or someone you know are in need of food assistance in Venice, the first place to start would be with All Faith’s Food Bank.
List of Local Food Pantries in Venice
All Faith’s Food Bank describes themselves as “All Faiths Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of more than 200 member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Through Feeding America, All Faiths has been able to continually strengthen and broaden our network with our sister food banks, agency partners, and corporate partnerships; operate at the highest standards possible; evaluate our work and impact more thoroughly; and create and implement best practices across all aspects of our organization.”
For more information about food pantries and food assistance in Venice, check out my resources page.
Hot Meals for Students
In addition to these resources, local restaurants have also stepped up and pledged to keep children fed during this time.
Hashtag Pizza is open on Tuesday through Saturdays from 4-8 pm. Thanks to the generosity of the Venice Community, they have received sponsorships to help local families in need of a hot meal. Just show your EBT card or medicaid card to receive a FREE 18″ pizza.
In addition, they will be offering Free Slices to Students
(20 per day) First Come, First Serve.
Instructions for storing and reheating our pizza:
Wrap individual pizza slices in foil, tightly, to store in fridge.
Reheat by putting foil-wrapped slices in oven on broil for 2-3 minutes.
Venice Ale House
Any child needing a meal can come in to receive a Kids Burger with fries starting on 3/16. There will be 20 free meals available each day for children.
Call 941-303-6906 to reserve your spot.
Shark Bites Deli
Shark Bites Deli will be providing a brown bag lunch for any child who needs it starting 3/16. This will include a ham or turkey sandwich, a bag of chips or goldfish and a juice box with a surprise inside! Just come on in and ask for the “Brown Bag Special”.
Burgundy Square Cafe
Even after the unexpected, tragic loss of Chuck Cyr, Burgundy Square keeps his legacy of giving back to the community going strong.
Starting 3/16, 15 children per day can get a kids meal for free at Burgundy Square Cafe. Call 941-303-9300 to reserve yours.
Big Mike’s Pizza
Families struggling can order whole pizzas for their families at school pricing pizza where it’s $5 for a 14”, $7 for a 16”, and $8 for an 18″. In addition to this generous offer, children can come in for a free slice of pizza at lunchtime starting 3/16.
Flapjacks Cafe will be offering breakfast or lunch to school-aged children that are eligible for free/reduced lunch through the school system. Call 941-480-1020 and let them know you would like the school meal breakfast or lunch.
Mad Dog Hot Dogs
Mad Dogs Hot Dogs
- Hours: Closed. Open tomorrow at 11 am (11:00 am – 7:00 pm)
- Website: maddogshotdogs.com
- Address: 2059 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34293
- Phone: (941) 493-3086
They are offering any child a free hot dog, chips, and water. Children must be present when ordering.
Sausage Express LLC
Sausage Express LLC who will be giving out 10 free hot dogs with chips a day at their food truck located in front of Lowes on US 41. Please call ahead and make reservations for pick up at (941) 301-1900.
Italiano’s will be offering a free small cheese pizza to 5 families per day. Call to reserve one 941-496-9090.
Paradise Grill will have meals available for children and seniors who need a hot lunch from noon until 6 PM daily. All you need to do is walk in and ask for a meal or call and they will bring it to your car.
Le Petit Jardin
Le Petit Jardin announced in the Venice Foodies Community group that they will be extending this offer until schools reopen. They are also two free kids meals with each adult entree purchase, normally this promotion is only for dine-in, however, it is being extended to pick up orders as well.
Details to come
What other resources are available during this time?
Starting on Monday, March 23rd, Sarasota County Schools will be providing meals for children 18 and under at specific locations on Monday-Friday while schools are closed. This will be a drive-thru pickup service and you MUST have your child(ren) in the car with you for staff to verify. You will receive lunch and breakfast for the next morning. Pickups are from 9 AM to 1 PM.
- Booker High School – 3201 North Orange Ave
- Fruitville Elementary School – 601 Honore Ave
- Garden Elementary School – 700 Center Rd, Venice
- North Port High School – 6400 West Price Blvd, North Port
- Atwater Elementary School – 4701 Huntsville Ave, North Port
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