Thank you again, Kings Point — The Power of Community!

Once again, it is the First Tuesday of the Month in Kings Point.  And once again, thanks to the kind invitation and support of Vesta’s Matthew Permuth, Mabel Corcuera, and Eddie Jacobs, Our Lady’s Pantry was invited to host a food drive on April 4.

“We appreciate this opportunity to restock our shelves with food,” says Pantry director Tom Bullaro.  “In fact, most of the donations collected in Kings Point on April 4 were probably in our families’ homes by the following Saturday, April 8.

“All in all, we received an estimated 3,000 pounds of food — plus monetary donations as well.”

According to Bullaro, the Pantry’s supply of unexpired non-perishable foods is low right now because of more individuals and families coming for food all the time, so donations are always welcome.

If you wish to bring food donations directly to the Pantry, the best time would be on Tuesday or Friday morning.  The Pantry is located in the classroom building on the far right campus of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission just south of Sun City Center Blvd., at 16650 U.S. Highway 301 South, in Wimauma.

Food ideas:  Pasta, macaroni and cheese, sauce, canned food (tuna, chicken, beef stew, soup, beans, potatoes, vegetables, tomatoes, fruit), dried fruit, cake mix, crackers, cookies, rice, peanut butter, jelly, nuts, snacks (granola bars, individually wrapped candy, chips), condiments(salad dressing, ketchup, mayo), coffee/tea/cocoa, microwave popcorn, pie crusts, cereal, pop tarts, drinks (juice/pop/water).

 “We thank Kings Point residents for their care of those less fortunate than themselves,” says Bullaro.

“We also thank Pantry volunteers Karen, Mike, Joyce, Helen, Rhonda, Geri, Lyle and Doug for helping to make this food drive a success.”

Six volunteers all in fluorescent shirts

Thanks to Pantry volunteers helping at KP Food Drive: (From left) Karen, Mike, Joyce, Helen, Rhonda and Geri. Lyle and Doug not in photo.

“Our Lady’s Pantry looks forward to being invited to Kings Point again, one day next Fall.”

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