As a community of disciples, we will provide supplemental nutritious food items in a Christian atmosphere to our neighbors experiencing food insecurity in the 32092 & 32095 zip code areas
The food pantry opened its doors in Oct 2013 to serve seven families. Initially, only providing shelf stable foods in the form of canned goods and packaged dry goods, it has since grown in size and complexity of foods provided. We currently serve 60 to 70 families a month with non-perishables, fresh produce (the freshest from our OLGC garden), frozen meat, bread, pastries and more. Annually we distribute about 50,000 pounds of food with a local economic impact of over $90,000. To further our support of the local community, in Sep 2015 we began distributing weekend food packs to two local elementary schools to ensure 20 food insecure children would not go hungry over the weekend.
The COVID-19 pandemic had and continues to have a significant effect on the food pantry. In order to continue the ministry, the entire structure of the pantry changed with the emphasis on safety and social distancing.
- The pantry was converted to a drive through operation.
- The entire structure of food availability changed
- Sources of donations disappeared – OLGC Sunday donations, The Village Church Sunday donation, SJDR school
- Core items were unavailable at stores or severely limited – meat, rice, pasta, beans
- We developed new and different sources of donations
- We reached out to known donors in different ways
- Parishioners and other donors began delivering food to the office
- Delivery sites were provided at local neighborhoods
What can you do to help?
- We ask for specific food to pack our bags – food that has been chosen for its nutritional value
- Space in our bags is limited so pleasetry to conform to the items and sizes requested
- Check this page or the bulletin for the most needed food
- Please check expiration dates
- Please no glass
- Want to make a large donation? Use this shopping list.
Consider a monetary donation in addition to or in lieu of a food donation.
- Make checks payable to OLGC and note Food Pantry in the memo.
Host a neighborhood food drive
Volunteer! We need more than 200 volunteer hours per month to open the food pantry for four hours!