Thanks to Feeding Tampa Bay and the generosity of so many food markets, the Pantry’s two trucks are on the road for hours on Tuesday and Friday morning picking up food.
“That’s essentially four trucks that need to be unpacked throughout the morning,” says director Tom Bullaro.
“Too often, however, when our trucks return to the Pantry, we don’t have enough helpers to unpack the truck, then sort the food and store it safely until Saturday, when we distribute food to our neighbors. It’s becoming a problem.”
According to Bullaro, trucks typically return to Wimauma by about 9 a.m., then head out again to pick up another load of donations. If you can come to lend a hand that would be grand.
“Come when you can and leave when you must,” he says. “We are happy to have your help for as long as you can stay.”
Men are especially needed both during the weekdays and on Saturdays as well, because boxes stuffed with food are so heavy.
“On Saturdays, our volunteers often begin setting up before dawn,” Bullaro says. “But if you can come by about 7 a.m., that would be grand.”
The Pantry is in the classroom building on the far side of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission off U.S. Rt. 301 south, in Wimauma. For more information about Our Lady’s Pantry, please visit us at: https://www.ourladyspantry.com