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Grace Place for Children and Families

Friday Food Pantry

 

The Friday Food Pantry supports Grace Place’s mission by meeting the basic need for nourishment and health, which are essential for strong mental and physical development.

 

Residents of Golden Gate City live in a food desert. Major grocery chains remain outside this community, so many families rely on smaller local and ethnic food stores, which typically mark up costs and carry fewer fresh produce items. In the past year, Grace Place provided more than 350,000 pounds of food including dairy, meat, and produce, demonstrating the area’s desperate need for nourishment and health, which are essential for effective learning.

Since its opening in 2008, the Friday Food Pantry has been providing a crucial service to the community and has become the largest distribution channel for the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Collier County. Food donations are needed every week and many individuals and groups contribute with food drives.

 

Ongoing food collections are received by:

Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida was opened in 1983. They’ve partnered with more than 150 agencies that provide direct services to those in need, including church food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, disaster relief agencies and more. Today, the food bank provides food for more than 30,000 individuals each month.

Collier Harvest

Collier Harvest Foundation is dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food to our hungry neighbors across Collier and southern Lee counties.

Naples Harvest

At Naples Harvest, their mission is to provide local shelters and food banks with fresh local produce. They coordinate local organizations and volunteers who pick fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste. Volunteers then deliver locally picked produce to area food banks and shelters around our community.

Meals of Hope

Meals of Hope has given hundreds of volunteer-minded individuals a way to make a positive impact by bringing Food Packing Events to their local churches, schools, associations and other clubs and service organizations. They are tackling a serious problem while having some serious fun.

Panera Bread Company

Thirty years ago, Panera Bread Company started with one goal: to bake fresh bread from fresh dough every day in every bakery-cafe. No artificial preservatives or short cuts, just our bakers and hot ovens. And at the end of the day? They donate what is left to their neighbors in need.

Empire Bagels

Empire Bagels has been baking the freshest, most delectable bagels around since 1992. Baked with only the highest quality ingredients, and a sprinkling of love, Empire’s bagels are unmatched in quality, freshness, and taste.

 

Progress Report

Grace Place remains the largest distribution for Harry Chapin Food Bank in Collier County
with over 350,000 pounds of food distributed in Golden Gate.

Roughly 210 bags of food are distributed each week, totaling 10,290 bags a year.

The Friday Food Pantry distributed food to 2,000 local families.

 

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