Monthly Project Hunger collections at Prince of Peace and Our Lady of Guadalupe totaled a stunning $36,031.90 in 2019, according to Tom Bullaro, director of Our Lady’s Pantry.
“Along with $10,000 grant from the Interfaith Council, and monetary donations from other churches, synagogues, clubs, and individuals, you have provided the funding for tons of nutritious food for the poor among us. Regrettably, the cost of food increases continuously. In 2019 our food expenditures totaled $6l,348.40!”
According to Bullaro, the Pantry also accepted an estimated 10,240 pounds of food donations from Project Hunger weekends, alone. In addition, many individuals and neighborhoods held periodic food drives, and even parties, specifically to collect food for our clients, he says.
“These donations have put food on many tables and gone a long way towards easing the worry of many of our neighbors experiencing hardship this year,” Bullaro says. One of the Pantry’s clients, in fact, recently shared the following thoughts:
“We are blessed to have a place like this to help our family. There are people who don't have anything. Project Hunger really helps. This fills in the gap.”
Bullaro points out that none of what the Pantry has accomplished would be possible without the generosity and helping hands of countless individuals.
“Our thanks to each person who donated to the Pantry, to the Knights of Columbus for their time dedicated to Project Hunger, and to the countless volunteers who work on site in Wimauma, or behind the scenes, making our mission possible.”