The Food Pantry is blessed throughout the year, with donations from our friends and parishioners and with a $5000 grant from Episcopal Charities of SE Florida. Without your donations of cash and supplies, the Pantry would have had to close. Unfortunately, all requests cannot be met, and since October of 2011, new requests have been denied. There are over 300 people/families registered; among them are 160 elderly recipients, and the rest are either without jobs, are in part-time minimum wage jobs, are new mothers, or are disabled. That’s about what the Pantry can manage at this time. We are thankful that not every one of them comes in every month.
Approximately 2,350 bags were distributed during the year, to the same amount of recipients, and approximately $14,000 was spent to buy supplies. Without donations of staples from our parishioners and friends from St.Thomas Episcopal Church, as well as bread and pies from Publix, that cash amount would not nearly be enough. So – your donations in cash or kind, go a very long way in helping your brothers and sisters in need, and they really appreciate it.
We were fortunate to have received School Supplies and Back-packs that we were able to distribute for the start of School, and Hams for the Christmas and New Year’s season. The Snowman Project sponsored by the ECW & the DOK spread a whole lot of cheer among our clients as we were able to give out 60 gifts to their children, and more besides, as other toys were donated to us. Unfortunately no turkeys could be distributed this year, but fixings for a Thanksgiving Dinner were included in each bag of groceries.
Please don’t stop giving – your community really needs you!
Report thankfully submitted by Marcia Hitchins and Blanche Griffith, Food Pantry volunteers.
We, the members of Saint Faith's Episcopal Church, recognize that we are disciples of Jesus Christ. As disciples, we are committed to providing a Christian environment for spiritual growth and to responding to the needs of our community.