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 in, 36 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