There are drop-off locations for the Fighting Hunger summer food drive throughout the Lakewood Ranch vicinity. Local drop-off points include Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, ComCenter at Lakewood Ranch, Integrity Home Medical and two Sun Hydraulics plants.

Through Aug. 22, donors can bring nonperishable food items, toiletries and monetary donations to any of those places for weekly pickups. The supplies are going to The Food Bank of Manatee and All Faiths Food Bank.

Most of All Faiths’ food stores come from efforts like this one that are organized by businesses and groups, says Dan Dunn, executive director of the food bank in Sarasota.

“It’s a hard situation going on right now. We’re seeing people who used to be able to donate to us now getting food from us,” Dunn said.

But when communities come together to help neighbors, he said, it can really make a difference.

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