Food Assistance in Venice for Students and Their Families

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.

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.

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

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: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Website:
  • 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.

Darrell’s Restaurant

Darrell’s will be giving away 10 free kids meals per day. Please call 941-485-9900 to reserve one.

What other resources are available during this time?

In an effort to serve our families more efficiently, and keep our staff and community healthy, we will be condensing our daily meal distributions for students, at all school distribution sites, to only one day a week starting Thursday, April 9th. This Thursday, all children 18 and under will be provided with a week’s worth of food. From the week of April 13th onward, we will be distributing a week’s worth of food to all children 18 and under every Friday at our select school sites. The meal pick-up timeframe will still be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Fridays, and existing meal pick-up rules (all children 18 and under will be served; children must be present for meal pick-up) will still apply. This will continue until schools reopen.

Please note, Alta Vista Elementary School (1050 S Euclid Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237) has been added to our list of schools offering meals. As a reminder, the following Sarasota County school sites are also participating in drive-thru meal distribution:

  • Booker High School – 3201 North Orange Avenue
  • Fruitville Elementary School – 601 Honore Avenue
  • Garden Elementary School -700 Center Road, Venice
  • Wilkinson Elementary School – 3400 Wilkinson Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231
  • Lamarque Elementary School – 415 Lamarque Ave, North Port, FL 34286
  • North Port High School – 6400 West Price Blvd, North Port
  • Atwater Elementary School – 4701 Huntsville Ave, North Port 

Our Food & Nutrition Services department will attempt to accommodate a child’s allergens – parents and guardians will need to email with allergen considerations, school location for pick-up, and approximate time of pick-up.

For Sarasota County families that are closer to Charlotte County pick-up locations, please note the following details from Charlotte County Schools:

  • Children must be present to pick up meals.
  • Champ’s Café will not be monitoring food allergies. Parents who have children with food allergies are fully responsible to ensure that their child does not consume food that will cause them to be sick.
  • Meal pick-up locations will be open Monday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM:
    • A. Ainger Middle School 245 Cougar WayRotonda West, FL  33947
    • Peace River Elementary4070 Beaver Ln Port Charlotte, FL 33952
    • Punta Gorda Middle School1001 Education Ave. Punta Gorda, FL 33950
    • Neil Armstrong Elementary 22100 Breezeswept Ave.Port Charlotte, FL 33952

If your child has food allergies, please email with allergy concerns, school location for pickup and approximate time of pick up.

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