A wide variety of food is available from our pantry including:
People in need of food will first meet with a case manager for a comprehensive review of their needs. The case manager will then help the client choose the foods they prefer from a menu (available in English and Spanish) to meet their specific dietary needs.
The completed menu is then sent to the pantry and volunteers then "shop" on behalf of the family and fill their order. Once the order is complete, pantry volunteers bring the food out to the client and help them load the bags into their vehicle.
Each family receives two bags of hand-selected, customized, nutritionally balancd food for each member of the family. A family of 4 will receive 8+ bags of food in order to satisfy their dietary needs for at least one week. A homeless individual will be given enough food to last 2-3 days, or as much as they can carry and store.
Food and other non-cash assistance is provided to families, inviduals and homeless persons Monday through Friday, 9am to noon. Clients are required to bring in documentation each time they visit. (If you need help with food, please visit the Get Help page to plan your visit with us.)
Clients may request "regular" food assistance up to 5 times per year (a minimum of 30 days in between requests), and may also receive special holiday food at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
frozen meat & dairy products
dry and canned goods
baby formula and food
fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits
pop-top and ready-to-eat items
diapers and feminine products
soaps and shampoos
We collect and distribute food from food drives organized by volunteers and hosted by churches, businesses and civic organizations. Fresh vegetables and produce are purchased from Second Harvest Food Bank. We also receive donations from local grocery stores, restaurants and local farmers and nurseries on a daily basis. Our dedicated volunteer pick-up drivers retrieve and deliver the food to the pantry.
The Sharing Center purchases food with monies received from grants and donations from individuals, businesses and other organizations in support of our food pantry program.
Food is 40% of the client services budget
Average of 4,750 bags distributed each month
Over 56,144 bags distributed last year valued at $1.5 million
Largest free food pantry in Seminole County