Just about every Tuesday and Saturday from Fall through Spring, you can expect to see Barbara and Grattan Murphy working at Our Lady's Pantry. Ten or more hours a week is a considerable gift of time to offer in the service of others. But the Murphys' awareness of the food insecurity dates back many years to when they conducted a food survey from their home back in Maine.
“We learned early on how food insecurity is all around us, but we just don't see it,” says Barbara. “It's among the elderly. It's among young families with children. It's among people who are sick or unemployed.”
“We hear about the Corporal Works of Mercy when we are in Church,” says Grattan. “This is just our way of serving the poor.
“I think this is our seventh year here,” he adds.
Anita Bullaro, who is co-director of the Pantry, says the Murphys and other volunteers are headed back North any day now, so the Pantry will be shorthanded very soon.
“Can you spare a couple of hours a week to help us out?
“We work on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Most especially these days we need help on Tuesday and Friday mornings from about 9 a.m. on, when our truck comes in from our regional food bank in Tampa. We must unload the truck and sort the food, so it's ready to distribute to our families on Saturday. Please just ask for me if you come. And thanks so much.”
“If you are unsure where your next meal is coming from, please don't hesitate to come to the Pantry on Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.” says Barbara. “That's why we are here.”
Our Lady's Pantry is located just south of Sun City Center Blvd. at 16650 U.S. Highway 301 South. We are in front of the classroom building on the far right hand corner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission in Wimauma. For more information about Our Lady's Pantry, please visit us at: www.OurLadysPantry.com