Truck drivers needed for food pantry

Truck drivers needed for food pantry.

“Our Pantry is in need of one or more drivers to collect our food order from Feeding Tampa Bay on Tuesday and Fridays,” says director Tom Bullaro.

“Can you help?”

Bullaro points out that, not surprisingly, this is one of the most important jobs at the Pantry, because obviously without a driver to pick up our food, we would have nothing to distribute to our clients.

Also, Feeding Tampa Bay is where the monies from our food donations are multiplied — almost miraculously — by orders of magnitude because of all the reduced and free foods we receive.

Regrettably, the commitment to drive the Pantry truck is challenging, because of the early hours involved.  Drivers must leave the Pantry in Wimauma about 6 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.  It’s not a long ride, however.  Feeding Tampa Bay is located in Warehouse Six in the back of the Tampa Distribution Center at: 1212 N. 50thSt., just off Rt. 60.

“We find the fastest route is to drive north on U.S. 301, hooking onto Rt. 60 in Brandon,” says Bullaro.  “It’s just a few miles further on the right.”

By leaving Wimauma at 6 a.m., we beat traffic into Tampa, and typically return by about 9 a.m.  Here, a team of other volunteers is waiting to help unload the truck, sort the food, and store it until Saturday.  When the truck is empty, another driver then picks up surplus foods from a few local markets and brings these foods back to be unloaded.

“Our truck is a large refrigerated truck that holds about 10 pallets of food,” Bullaro says.

“The driver must have some experience driving a large truck, but does not need any special certification.

“If you would like more information, please call me at: (813) 633-2384 or email me at: tom@ourladyspantry.com

“Thank you for considering.”