Our Lady's Pantry receives $10,000 grant from The Interfaith Council

Fall 2016:  “Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry has much to be thankful for this year,” says Tom Bullaro, co-director of Our Lady's Pantry with his wife Anita.

“We just received a huge check for $10,000 from the Interfaith Council to purchase food for our families,” says Bullaro.

Group in front of pantry truck holding a small check for $10,000 from The Interfaith Council

“Funding from this philanthropic group comes directly from proceeds received from The Nearly New Shop in Sun City Center.  This means that if you have ever donated to The Nearly New Shop,  or purchased anything from that shop, you have indirectly funded this gift.

“We thank each of you for this gift,” says Bullaro.

According to Bullaro, many supporters are unaware of hidden costs of running the Pantry.  Electric bills for example, are huge because of required refrigeration and air conditioning to keep foods safe.  Included among other expenses are periodic maintenance on our truck, along with gas and oil.  It all adds up.

“We are always thrilled to receive a big check like this, because it ensures that we will have sufficient monies in our account to purchase food at Feeding Tampa Bay week after week.  The Interfaith Council has been one of the Pantry's key supporters for many years,” says Bullaro.  “We are deeply appreciative of yet another gift for our neighbors in need.

"Thank you again -- everyone!”