Our Lady’s Pantry thanks the FMC Foundation of Caring for their generous gift of $10,000 for food.

“Hunger is scary,” says Tom Bullaro, director of Our Lady’s Pantry.  “Even the vision of hunger — like the long line of cars waiting for the Pantry to open on Saturday mornings.  It reminds our volunteers repeatedly of why we are here.

“Too many people in our community don’t know the source of their next meal,” Bullaro says.  “This gift by the Florida Medical Clinic (FMC) Foundation of Caring will provide food relief, and hope, to our brothers and sisters, both those living alone, and those with lots of family around the dinner table.”

Angela Pottinger, executive director of the FMC Foundation of Caring, thanks Our Lady’s Pantry for our efforts in trying to meet the needs of our community.  They are pleased to give us this grant of $10,000 to purchase food for our Project Hunger.  “We view our relationship with Our Lady’s Pantry as a collaborative endeavor and wish to be viewed by the community in this light.”

“Every dollar of this gift will be used to buy nutritious food to help our neighbors stay healthy and feed their families,” says Bullaro.  “Our Pantry has been helping to provide food relief for local families since 1999.  Not too long ago, we were able to purchase most of our food from Feeding Tampa Bay at wholesale prices.  Everything changed with COVID and the current inflation we are experiencing.  Feeding Tampa Bay started supplying hundreds more pantries, so there is less for us.  We now purchase most of our food at retail prices and it adds up quickly.”

According to Bullaro, Our Lady’s Pantry spent a stunning $105,243.51 for food from January through December 2023.  We not only see food costs being higher and are having to purchase food at retail prices, but also more families are registering for food.

“We thank the FMC Foundation of Caring once again for this most generous gift.”