"At Our Lady’s Pantry, age is just a number,” says director Tom Bullaro. "At least it used to be.”
From the very beginning, in 1999, he points out that most of our volunteers have been — and are now — over 65. Many are in their 80s, in fact. Importantly, many have underlying health issues, but have been able to lend a hand, regardless.
If the Covid-19 virus were to cloud our community, however, those whose health is fragile would be at risk and unable to work among the crowds at the Pantry, lest they become ill.
To complicate the situation, some of our snowbirds have left early to tend to obligations back north, so we are already shorthanded.
If the Pantry is to remain open in the weeks and months ahead, we may need the support of younger helpers, if we are to carry on our mission.
“In particular, we may need a handful of helpers to serve as backups to learn the overarching process of how we get our food and pass it on to our neighbors in need,” says Bullaro.
“If you are free to help, if we were to need you, kindly let us know. You can visit the Pantry on Saturday morning and ask for me or Anita. Or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Or call the Church office at: (813) 633-2384 and I will call you back at my earliest opportunity.”