Numerous families in Gulf County rely on the support and guidance of the Community Resource Center (CRC), many of them struggling to put food on the table. The work of dedicated volunteers at the CRC Food Pantry eases those struggles.
Last month alone, 73 children were among those helped – 14 of them 5-years-old or younger. An average of 135 families (268 individuals) is served each month by the pantry. And community support is strong. Charitable donations from March 2013 through March 2014 totaled $7,041.
The food pantry is operated by CareerSource Gulf Coast in partnership with the Washington Improvement Group and the Christian Community Development Fund with funding and support from the Jesse Ball duPont Port St. Joe Capacity Building Fund and support from many churches in and around Port St. Joe, Florida. The pantry is nearing its two-year anniversary, opening in June 2012. Volunteers and supporters were invited to a Thursday luncheon as a simple show of gratitude for their dedication to the cause.
“This is clearly one of those cases where ‘thank you’ doesn’t begin to say it all,” said Kim Bodine, Executive Director of CareerSource Gulf Coast. “Our vision for the successful establishment of this food pantry has always heavily relied on donations of time and goods. This group of volunteers heeded the call – working not for a paycheck, but for the satisfaction that comes from helping those in need.”
The food pantry offers individuals and families in Gulf County canned goods and non-perishable food items that have been collected from a variety of sources including donations from various churches, supermarkets and community food drives. Distributions are twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays. For more information on the pantry or to find out how to volunteer, please contact Midge Askew at 850-229-1641.
Food Pantry Volunteers
Bridgett McGee-Collins; Commissioner William Thursbay and wife, Teresa; Willie Potter; Nathan Peters; Ann Ballard; Keith Nixon; Ann R. Lewis; Tommy Sauls; Gus Griffin, Ruth Pettis; Diane Pitts; Essie Vann; Perky White; Jim Askew; Regina Washabaugh; Dottie Knight; Debbie Wilson and Erica Bruckner
Food Pantry Donors and Supporters
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Gulf County Republican Party, St. James Episcopal Church, Christy McElroy, United Methodist Church, Port St. Joe Kiwanis, First Presbyterian Church, Gail and Richard Day, First Baptist Church, South Gulf County Fire and Rescue, Port St. Joe Elementary School, Coastal Community Association, Gulf County Board of Commissioners, City of Port St. Joe, Veterans of Foreign Affairs, Port St. Joe Rotary, Highland View Baptist Church, The Heard Family, Sacred Heart Hospital, St. Joseph Bay Country Club, Boy Scouts, Jim and Kathy Glenn, Gulf County Extension Office, Franklin’s Promise
In addition to the Food Pantry, Community Resource Center (CRC) services include:
• Employment and re-employment assistance
• Emergency assistance
• Food distribution to the needy
• Referrals to other community services including the Home Repair