Feeding migrant children again

For the second year in a row, Our Lady's Pantry has been providing about 100 bags of nutritious food, weekly, for children attending the Migrant Summer Camp.

Anita Bullaro, co-director of the Pantry, who works directly with the volunteers, says, “Mr. Cortez, Migrant Services Education Center, asked us again if Our Lady's Pantry could provide a bag of food for some of these children each week.

“The Migrant Summer Camp feeds the children breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday,” says Bullaro.  “The food we provide is for the kids to eat for lunch over the weekend.

“We had enough extra food for about 100 children each week,” says Bullaro.  “We bagged up things like peanut butter and jelly, crackers, canned fruit cups, granola bars, cereal, and juice boxes.  Mostly we wanted the children to have something to eat that they can prepare for themselves, whenever they are hungry.”

Cortez says these are difficult times when basic necessities such as food, electricity, and water are impacting how people prepare food and plan meals. These weekend bags of food help many families in need.

Needless to say, the summer poses additional worries as parents try to feed their growing children, who are no longer receiving free meals at school.  As summer school is ending soon, other organizations have been stepping in to continue providing bags of food for youngsters.  Specifically, Feeding Tampa Bay is providing 200 bags of food to Our Lady's Pantry each week to pass on to the children.  These bags will be given to each child, who comes to Our Lady's Pantry with a parent, already registered with the Pantry.

The Pantry is located in front of the classroom building on the far right-hand corner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission, at 16650, U.S. Highway 301, in Wimauma.