The Shepherd’s Way Food Pantry is part of a Federal program, established in 1981, that provides commodities at no cost to low-income families. Each state sets the criteria for determining eligibility to receive food. Shepherd’s Way Food Pantry is open every other Tuesday 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Link to the church calendar to verify which Tuesdays the Food Pantry will be open. In addition, every Tuesday afternoon between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. we host a farmers market in the back parking lot.
Registration is easy. You may qualify by meeting the income guidelines, or by participating in other Federal programs such as Food Stamps, SSI, Medicaid, and others. Participants must live in Hillsborough County.
Food, donated by the grocery industry, is purchased from America’s Second Harvest to supplement the federal program. Our site is inspected regularly by the USDA to insure proper storage and handling.
In 2012 over 45,000 individuals were served in 11,400 households. In August school supplies were distributed. Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions included turkeys or hams for every family. On December 18, 2012 we distributed 20,000 pounds of food for Christmas. Toys were also distributed at Christmas.
Your contributions are very important to the continuation of this worthy program. Checks may be made out to Shepherd’s Way Food Pantry and sent to Forest Hills United Methodist Church. Honorary and memorial gifts will be acknowledged.
For further information contact the church office at 813-932-8081.