Seniors in Service — A great big thank you from Our Lady’s Pantry

Our Lady’s Pantry, on U.S. 301 South, in Wimauma, has been putting food on the table of hundreds of men, women, and children every week for more than 20 years.

“But it takes many hands to make this happen,” says director Tom Bullaro.

According to Bullaro, the Pantry’s two trucks travel all over Hillsborough County, from Monday through Friday, picking up food from Feeding Tampa Bay and a half dozen supermarkets or other vendors.  Back in Wimauma, many hands are needed on Tuesdays and Fridays to unpack these trucks, sort the food, and store it safely on our shelves, or in our cooler, or freezer, to keep it safe for Saturday.

The Pantry opens Saturdays mornings from 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. to provide a wealth of nutritious food to our neighbors in need.

“I don’t know what we would do without the many volunteers from Seniors in Service, who show up regularly on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, week after week to help us out,” says Bullaro.

“We really appreciate their effort and their time — especially in the spring and summer, when so many of our snowbirds are up North.”

About a dozen women lined up behind a trolley full of food to distribute

It takes many hands to pack the boxes of food we give to our clients every Saturday. Volunteers from Seniors in Service in Tampa save the day with all their help, week after week.

Our Lady’s Pantry is located at:  Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, 16650 U.S. Highway 301 South, in Wimauma.  The Pantry is in the classroom building on the far right-hand corner of the mission campus.

You need not first join Seniors in Service, if you wish to work at Our Lady’s Pantry, however.  Just stop in some Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday morning and ask for Tom or Anita.  Strong men are especially needed on Saturday mornings to help load heavy boxes of food into our clients’ cars.

 Seniors in Service engages hundreds of senior volunteers (age 55+) to actively address community needs. Whether you are interested in helping kids, elders, the hungry, or any other needy part of our community, we can help you find the volunteer opportunity of your dreams.