HUNGER is invisible in our Baldwin County communities but not at Prodisee Pantry! Prodisee Pantry is asking for your help to FILL THE PLATE of our neighbors in need! Please spread the word about the luncheon and then come join us for lunch. Seating is limited. FILL THE PLATE is sponsored by Pen Air Federal Credit Union.
According to Prodisee Pantry’s Executive Director, Prodisee Pantry is celebrating 16 years of filling the plate of those who are hungry. “Since 2003, 151,050 families have sought assistance with the most basic of needs: food and hope! Prodisee Pantry’s volunteers distributed 452 tons of groceries last year, but we are so much more than a box of groceries. We listen, care for and plug families into other services that can lift them from poverty to self-sufficiency.” responds Servos
Red plates are starting to pop up all across the county at banks, churches, businesses, small groups, civic clubs, etc. Each plate has a value of about $100. One nickel, one dollar, ten dollars or one hundred dollars at a time, the community will FILL THE PLATE of our neighbors in need. “We are asking the community to donate what they can when they see the red plates. For so many, healthy fresh fruits and vegetables are a luxury… but for pennies on the dollar Prodisee Pantry can provide a family with these nutritious options from local farmers,” Servos says.
The image of who is hungry in most people’s minds isn’t who Prodisee Pantry sees. Over the past sixteen years, our volunteers often recognize themselves in the faces of the 362,484 individuals who have eaten food provided by Prodisee Pantry. The hungry include the elderly woman sitting next to you at church, the single mom with two kids at the grocery store buying milk, your neighbor, or a co-worker. Many of the 13,507 families that walked through our doors in 2019 are struggling financially due to job loss or low wages, medical expenses, natural disasters and other crises.
It costs just $25 to provide a family with $100 worth of groceries. But, Prodisee Pantry is more than just a box of groceries to these families. Each family receives fresh produce, meats, bread, staple grocery items and onsite access to dozens of other supportive programs. Our caring volunteers can plug a family into onsite representatives for free legal services, SNAP (food stamps), counseling, employers, budget help, medical & dental assistance, job readiness classes and so much more. We love hearing families say “I came for food, but left with… a job… a voucher for school uniforms for my kids… housing help and more! Our facility has been dubbed, “A HUB OF HOPE!”
Each month 1,200 families seek the most basic of human needs: food and hope! Bringing hope by feeding physical, emotional and spiritual hunger is what compassionate pantry volunteers do each week.
“1 in 4 CHILDREN locally are food insecure.” And that “69% of SENIORS have to choose between food and utilities” and “79% of FAMILIES buy inexpensive, unhealthy food to combat hunger” according to “Hunger in America.” Luncheon attendees will also learn who Prodisee Pantry is, what we do and how we do it. Prodisee Pantry is so much more than just a box of groceries.