The answer is, folks from all walks of life. We are a diverse group of individuals from across the country and beyond.
We are moms and dads, aunts and uncles; firemen, postmen, roofers, and truck drivers; lawyers, engineers, builders, and occupational therapists. Many of our volunteers are teachers and many are nurses — two recently retired colonels from careers in the military. We are bookkeepers and artists; musicians and writers; pilots and mathematicians; homemakers, farmers, students, and administrators. We have worked in hospitals, real estate, public relations, electronics, and sales; in communications, agriculture, Corporate America, and more.
In short, we are interesting people who care about others. We work at Our Lady’s Pantry in hopes of easing the worry of our friends and neighbors who may be food insecure — especially with the hardship imposed by the coronavirus.
We make good friends. Especially if you are new to the community and don’t know anyone, we may be your next best friends moving forward.
We work for a couple of hours on Tuesday and Friday mornings unpacking our truck when it comes in from Feeding Tampa Bay. We work on Saturday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., distributing food to our clients. Some volunteers come early to help set up. And some stay late to help close down. Some of us work all three days. Many of us just pick a day and come then. We are especially in need of men to help with the heavy lifting.
Might you be interested in joining our Pantry Family? You are always welcome. Just come when you can, and leave when you wish. Please ask for Tom or Anita when you come. Thanks so much for helping us make a difference in our little corner of the world.