Cornerstone food pantry has grown by leaps and bounds since the doors opened to 36 clients in December, 2008. Now serving nearly 400 families at each distribution, with a reach of about 1,500 individuals, we offer more than a bag of food and a smile.
Our clients arrive early on distribution mornings to draw a number to determine their place in line.Volunteers serve coffee and cake and everyone mingles as they wait for their number to be called. We try to use this time wisely by allowing groups and agencies to present information and services of interest.
At our February 18th distribution, representatives from Community Health of South Florida were on hand to provide blood testing and HIV screening to clients as they waited for their number to be called. They also offered advice and information about health services available to members of our community.
At our next distribution, immigration advisers from Justice for our Neighbors will be offering our clients help with the process and paperwork involved in becoming a citizen.
As we enter our ninth year of serving our community, we look forward to making information and services available to our food pantry families that will improve and enrich their lives.
Our long-time partnership with Publix provides hundreds of loaves of bread and bakery goods each week. Items nearing their “sell-by” date are collected (Thank you Miriam!) and stored in our freezers until the night before a distribution, when volunteers bag a loaf of bread and a pastry for each family.
This week we received eggs, hundreds of dozens of eggs, with our usual USDA food allotment. We filled our fridge with over 350 dozen eggs and shared the rest with other agencies we partner with.
French toast, cinnamon buns, coffee cake. Sometimes the coincidental randomness of the food we distribute just makes sense.