Our Mission

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The pantry is a ministry of North Lake Presbyterian Church which opened in 1998. Our supplemental grocery program for local families in need, improves their quality of life, helps sustain health, good nutrition, energy, human dignity and the opportunity for family members to meet their full potential.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Little History, What's Happening Now

Our Mission: To share God's blessings, improve the quality of life, help sustain health, good nutrition, energy, human dignity and the opportunity for family members to meet their full potential by providing supplemental groceries to local families in need.
In 1998, Jane Waters and Vernie Miller, members of NLPC, witnessed poverty in the Lady Lake area.  They noticed neighbors doing without basic food staples.  The two decided they would take action.  The Christian Food Pantry was born.  The Villages formed a partnership with NLPC and built an 1150 square foot building in one day!  The idea turned into reality and the pantry opened to help local families in need with supplemental groceries. The pantry quickly became an important ministry of North Lake Presbyterian Church helping hundreds of local families. We are a 501C3 under North Lake Presbyterian Church.

In 2010 pantry volunteers realized that some clients were facing giving up their family pet because they couldn’t afford pet food.  In many cases, the pet is the sole company for senior clients.  The pantry decided to expand it mission to include assisting clients with pet food.

About one third of our families are struggling to keep their family pet. All are trying to make ends meet with poverty level income, either from working, social security income or disability income.  Most are doing as much as they are able to help themselves. They all appreciate the help provided by the pantry and don’t hesitate to let us know.

Hunger is year round, if you feel God's calling, you can help in these ways:
  1. Bring in canned goods, pet food, or designate a few dollars for the food pantry each month
  2. Organize a food drive within your own neighborhood or social club once or twice a year donate the items collected to the pantry
  3. Spread the word so others might also be inclined to support the pantry

Thank you for your continued support……………….Carrol Neal, Director

Items Currently Needed

  • Beans - Canned or Dry
  • Cake Mix
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Canned Tuna, Chicken and Salmon
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Frosting
  • Fruit
  • Gritts
  • Jelly
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Meals in a Box - Hamburger Helper
  • Pancake Mix
  • Peanut Butter
  • Soup
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Toilet Paper