Our Lady’s Pantry receives $10,000 gift from the Interfaith Council for food!

“The Interfaith Social Action Council (ISAC) has supported our Pantry for many years,” says director Tom Bullaro. “And now, once again, they have given us this generous check for $10,000.  As before, this gift will fill many of our shelves, our cooler, and our freezer with nutritious food for our neighbors for many weeks to come.  The cost of our food is going up steadily, so this gift greatly assists with our mission of providing food to many men, women, and children in our community, who are in need.”

One man giving a check to three others. One person holding a sign: Interfaith Council grant recipient

Dave Swaim, ISAC (and also a Pantry volunteer) presenting check for $10,000 to Our Lady's Pantry. Accepting for the Pantry are co-directors Anita and Tom Bullaro, and Patricia McAdams, communications.

“The story of our Pantry is amazing,” says Bullaro.  “Because of the generosity of the Interfaith Council and other organizations and individuals throughout the community, we have always had the money we needed to buy food.  We have never shut our doors, not even when COVID was virulent throughout the County.”

According to ISAC grants chair Nick Caleca, the Interfaith Council seeks to identify a need, determine that it is a genuine request, then do everything they can to fund it.

“There is no magic bullet for us to decide who gets a grant,” he says.  “Essentially we are guided along the principles of feeding the poor and healing the sick.  Education and patriotism enter into our consideration as well.”

“In this case, funding for this gift comes from The Nearly New Shop, so we have all those who shop in this store to thank for this generous donation,” says Bullaro.

Our Lady’s Pantry is located on the campus of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission, on U.S. 301 South, just south of Sun City Center Blvd., across from Aldi’s.  It is open every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

“We hope you will stop by if you can use more nutritious food for yourself and your family,” says Bullaro.