“We are excited to announce a grant for $7,414.63 from The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay,” says director Tom Bullaro. “This grant went directly to Feeding Tampa Bay on our behalf, enabling us to purchase thousands of dollars of nutritious food for our clients at no cost.
“This income will allow us to better serve the Tampa Bay community and many hundreds of men, women, and children in Balm, Wimauma, and Sun City Center.”
According to Bullaro, a stunning 1,824 clients are registered at Our Lady's Pantry. Of these, more than 700 come for food regularly. Of those remaining, the Pantry provides some peace of mind, serving as a cushion that they can fall back on temporarily, as needed.
In all, an average 1,314 men, women, and children enjoy an abundance of fruits, vegetables, meats, pasta, peanut butter, and other nutritious foods from the boxes they take home every two weeks.
“Our food bill for the last fiscal year was more than $61,000,” says Bullaro, “so we are especially thankful for the support of The Community Foundation. This gift enables us to continue to serve our neighbors in need.“
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has been growing philanthropy in Hillsborough and surrounding Counties since 1990. The Foundation’s donors have made possible more than $210 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.