Earlier this year, a Grandmother from Valencia Lakes had the idea to request food for Our Lady’s Pantry through her Next Door App. She put a bucket on her driveway and was stunned by the immediate response. [See original story — “A Bucketful of Hope” — on our Web site at https://www.ourladyspantry.com/a-bucketful-of-hope/]
“Every time I went to the Pantry, I had a trunk load full of food — not to mention a handful of checks,” she says.
Since that first day in early March, her neighbors donated countless pounds of food, plus a stunning $13,000 in cash and checks between April and October!
“I never tire of bragging about the generosity and compassion of my neighbors in Valencia Lakes,” says Grandmom, who now has three buckets on her driveway . “I am so very blessed and proud to live here. My community never ceases to amaze me!!”
If you are on Next Door, perhaps you can request non-perishable food for Our Lady’s Pantry from your neighborhood — especially for Thanksgiving?
Donations of nutritious non-perishable foods may be brought directly to the Pantry between 8 a.m. — 10 a.m. any Tuesday or Friday. This is when volunteers are unloading Pantry trucks and packing shelves with food for Saturday morning distribution. You need not get out of your car. Someone here will be happy to take your donation.
Our Lady’s Pantry is located in front of the classroom building on the far right-hand corner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission Campus. The Pantry is just south of Sun City Center Blvd. on U.S. 301 South in Wimauma.
You may also mail donations to Our Lady’s Pantry at: 16650 U.S. Highway 301 South; Wimauma, Fl. 33598.
Service is another way you can make a difference. We almost always need more helping hands on Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday mornings. Please just ask for Tom or Anita, if you come. New volunteers are always welcome.
Be sure to stop by on Saturday morning between 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. if you wish food for yourself and your loved ones. We typically have lots of produce and even meat to share with our clients. You need not be registered with our Pantry to leave with lots of nutritious foods.