College Community Helps Care for Area Youth with Food Pantry and Toy Drives

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 6, 2016) — Employees at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) rose to the challenge and collected approximately 3,000 nonperishable items for the new student Food Pantry.

“It was a tremendous outpouring from our SCF community,” said Michelle Puls, coordinator of Student Life at SCF Bradenton. The pantry is so new – it opened Monday, Nov. 28 – that Student Services doesn’t know exactly how many students will use it. It’s open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays on all three SCF campuses.

The College’s collaborative efforts during the giving season don’t end at the Food Pantry. The Family Heritage House Museum at SCF Bradenton is collecting Toys for Tots. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday until Dec. 15 at the museum on the south side of Building 8.

The Family Heritage House is working in conjunction with the Bradenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Bealls Outlet Stores. Toys will be donated to G.D. Rogers Garden-Bullock, Manatee, Tillman and Samoset elementary schools, and the Visible Men Academy charter school. For more information, contact Kathie Marsh, museum specialist, at 941-752-5319. 

SCF Venice Student Services and the Student Veterans Association are collecting toys to be donated to the Guardian ad Litem Program for children on a “wish list.” Guardian ad Litem court-appointed volunteers are trained to represent vulnerable children in legal proceedings. To donate toys or money, which will be used to buy gift cards for children not on the list, contact Jen Meier, SCF Venice student advisor, at 941-408-1459 or


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