Tender Hearts Food Pantry Depends on 5th Sundays

The need is great, and the supply is critically low.

That is the current situation surrounding the Tender Hearts Caring Hands program of Ministry Village at Olive. But you can make a tremendous difference by giving this Sunday, September 29 at the 5th Sunday Food Drive at Olive Baptist Church. This will be the last food drive before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. With that in mind, we encourage anyone who can participate to take this opportunity and bless the many needy families and individuals in our community.

Tender Hearts Caring Hands (THCH) is the care and kindness program of MVO that focuses on serving individuals and families in Escambia and Santa Rosa County that have significant need. Tender Hearts offers a food pantry for families and homeless neighbors in need and financial assistance to those who qualify.

Kathleen Schuster, Program Manager of Tender Hearts Caring Hands, said that Tender Hearts provided assistance to more than 2,000 families in 2018. That’s an average of 40 families each week. Donations of money and goods from the community provide the food that is distributed through the Tender Hearts Food Pantry. Community partners like Publix at Milestone on 9 Mile Road donate bakery items each week, and faithful supporters keep the pantry stocked with a variety of items. When the food pantry stock runs low, Ministry Village at Olive must use operations funds to supplement and purchase items from area grocery stores.

The 5th Sunday Food Drive at Olive Baptist Church is one of the vital donation sources for the Tender Hearts pantry. Church members bring items to church on the 5th Sundays of the month throughout the year and leave their donations on one of the many tables located throughout the church foyer. The following Monday, loyal Tender Hearts volunteers gather up all those donations and deliver them to the Ministry Village office to stock the shelves.

All donations of shelf-stable foods are welcome, but there are specific items that are always useful including canned beans; canned meats like tuna and spam; peanut butter; 1 pound bags of rice, grits and spaghetti noodles; boxed macaroni and cheese; canned vegetables and crackers. Because this is the last food drive before the holidays, Tender Hearts also welcomes donations of special seasonal foods everyone enjoys during this time of year. Items like canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce, canned gravy, boxed mashed potatoes, and boxed stuffing are sure to warm the hearts and stomachs of those in need during a time when families traditionally gather together.

“We appreciate the support of all of the Olive Baptist Church members who faithfully shop and bring those items to church with them so they can be donated,” says Kathie. “Those donations make a huge difference to our Food Pantry and to the clients that we help every day.”

 

📌Mark Your Calendars! The final 5th Sundays of 2019 are scheduled for September 29 and December 29.

🤚We have an immediate need for volunteers in the Tender Hearts Caring Hands ministry. Volunteers may serve by transporting donated food items from area businesses, organizing the food pantry, or answering phones and assessing callers for financial assistance opportunities. If you would like to be of service to others in our community through Tender Hearts Caring Hands, please call 850-475-1118 or click here.

🥫Donations of non-perishable food and travel-size hygiene items are accepted at the Ministry Village office at 1716 E. Olive Road, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 2 pm.

To learn more about Tender Hearts Caring Hands, part of Ministry Village at Olive, click here.

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