FOOD PANTRY

Matthew 25:35-40

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 

Celebrating 22 Years and Beyond

In 1996 members of Everglades Community Church decided to do something about hunger in their area and the food pantry was born. The food pantry first worked out of the community center. In 2003 we partnered with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. Who could have imagined that 22 years later the food pantry would distribute 250 tons of fresh food and produce in a single year? The food pantry keeps hunger at bay for between 75 to 125 familys each week in Copeland, Chokoloskee Island, Everglades City and Plantation. They may be elderly, laid off, underemployed, dealing with illness, trying to recover lost wages or facing damages to home and property. (i.e. Hurricane Irma) Volunteers from all the area churches help. In addition, volunteers deliver food to those who cannot get to the church.

Statistics show that 1 in 8 people struggles with hunger and 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger.

Everglades Community Church (Food Pantry) 
101 S. Copeland Ave., Everglades City, FL 34139 
Distribution Time: Wednesday: Noon - 2pm
239-719-0045 / 239-695-2695 / 239-695-2009

 

 


TROOP BOXES

Twelve years ago the members of Everglades Community Church were led by God to do something “special” to show our support for our military in harm’s way. From this idea, Troop Boxes were born. The church then joined the Adopt-a-Chaplain program. Each week Everglades Community Church sends four boxes of various “treats” to our assigned chaplain. Our chaplain then distributes the boxes to the troops in his battalion, using the goodies for the opportunity to have more contact with the members. Our last groups have been in Afghanistan.

When one chaplain leaves, we generally continue our support to the incoming chaplain. Occasionally we have been reassigned a new group from the original program. The treats range from candies, any kind of snacks, gum, cool pops, etc. Often included are flashlights, socks, razors, sani-wipes, etc. The list is endless, but anything to let our troops know that we support them with our prayers and a little extra treat. During these 12 years we’ve sent 2,200 boxes. Postage alone is $70.00 per week and our members have supported this endeavor faithfully. We will continue doing so until all our service members are home.

 


WALL OF HONOR

Everglades Community Church maintains a “Wall of Honor”. The wall has a picture of all the men and women in service to our country. All the service members on the wall are related to members of our church. All are honored and all receive a “Troop Box” every year at Christmas.

 


Naples Shelter for Abused Women & Children

 

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children operates a 60-bed emergency shelter and seven transitional living cottages. The Shelter provides outreach services, school-based prevention programs and training/education classes for businesses and agencies throughout Collier County, FL. All services are provided free of charge. To find out more, call 239-775-3862,