Little Free Pantry Comes to Hyde Park

According to  the 2017 Homeless Count in Hillsborough County, there are at least 1,549 homeless men, women and children in Tampa-Hillsborough County nightly who are sleeping on the streets, behind buildings, in encampments, in cars, emergency shelters and transitional housing ( With homelessness comes food insecurity which is affecting about one in four children and one in six adults in the Tampa Bay area, according to Feeding Tampa Bay. That is thousands of people who often do not know where they are going to get their next meal.

Antonia Mason (Girl Scout Troop 268) has selected food insecurity among the homeless as her root cause for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. She will be bringing a Little Free Pantry to our neighborhood. The Little Free Pantry movement began in 2016. The pantries are described as “a grassroots, crowd-sourced solution to an immediate and local need. Whether a need for food or a need to give, the Little Free Pantry facilitates neighbors helping neighbors, building community.” (

On Dec. 16, 2018, a Little Free Pantry will be located at the Madison Building located at 401 S. Magnolia Ave. This pantry will be accessible 24/7.

Please consider dropping off non-perishable food items, preferably those not requiring heating or a can opener. Here are some suggested non-perishable food items:

  • Single serving peanut butter and/or jelly
  • Cereal
  • Pop tarts
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Granola and other snack bars
  • Protein bars
  • Vienna sausages
  • Canned or packaged meats, such as tuna, salmon, turkey and chicken
  • Snack bags such as crackers and peanut butter, crackers and cheese
  • Beef jerky
  • Slim Jims
  • Hard candy
  • Gum
  • Breath mints
  • Rice Krispy Treats
  • Nuts in re-sealable containers
  • Dried fruits in re-sealable containers
  • Canned fruit and fruit cups
  • Trail mix
  • Drinks such as Capri Sun, water, juice
  • Plastic utensils
  • Napkins or hand wipes/sanitizer


The List

The List

Avoid the mall madness and provide meaningful gifts.

We are offering everyone another option for gifts. Honor your friends and family by making a contribution to one of our mission partners, that range from working to end hunger worldwide to assisting local farm workers to helping families in poverty in our city.

Shopping couldn’t be easier.

The Gift List is a great way to bless those on your Christmas list with gifts that keep on giving to those in need.

When you donate to missions on the Gift List, you’ll receive cards as presents for friends, family, colleagues, clients, indicating gifts given in their honor. The cards describe how those gifts can change the lives of people served by the missions you choose.

Browse The List. Make your selections. Submit your payment.

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News from Abe Brown Ministries

Charlotte came from a large, loving family in Largo, Florida. There were struggles in the household, and Charlotte experienced bad situations as a child while growing up. Charlotte got married and had two beautiful children, but due to the anger and resentment that she carried from childhood, Charlotte began to fall down the wrong path. Charlotte divorced her husband and gave away her parental rights of her children. She began to use drugs in order to dull her pain and anger, which led to many arrests, prison sentences, and substance abuse programs. After 20 years of struggling with her addiction, Charlotte decided that she needed to follow a different path upon her release from prison and signed up for the Ready4Work-Hillsborough program. Once released, Ready4Work-Hillsborough staff transported Charlotte from the bus stop to her transitional living facility. Within two days of her release, Charlotte was attending Ready4Work-Hillsborough Career Development classes and receiving the services that
she needed in order to move forward in life. Charlotte is now following one of her passions in life, cooking, as a student of Metropolitan Ministries’ Culinary Arts’ Program.

For more news from Abe Brown Ministries, click here.

News from Hillsborough House of Hope

You are Invited to the Hillsborough House of Hope Christmas Concert!
Hillsborough House of Hope will host their 1st Annual Christmas Concert 1:30 p.m., December 1, at The Portico.

This year’s concert benefits the Build a Home project. Get in the holiday spirit with us and join carolers, elves and The University of Tampa Ensemble playing your favorite live Christmas music at this exciting new event. All we need is a little snow!

For more news from Hillsborough House of Hope, click here.


News from Good Samaritan Mission

You are cordially invited to A Red Carpet Affair, Good Samaritan’s grand opening gala at their new location.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
     From 7 p.m. until the paparazzi tires and goes home.
     767 Cortaro Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573
If possible, please wear you best Vintage Hollywood outfit and be ready to walk the red carpet. We will have small bites and fizzy drinks, served by a Mixologist!
Hope to see you there!

For more news from Good Samaritan Mission, click here.

Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network

Accomplished January – October 2018
13.5 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
6.1 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
Total of 19.6 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
59 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
5,307 Events Held and 25,445 Volunteers Engaged
796 Unique Participating Farms and Other Providers
1,729 Unique Agencies Received and Distributed Food

News and Events

SoSA in Mecklenburg County North Carolina Awarded
SoSA in North Carolina is honored to win a 2018 Wipe Out Waste Ambassador award for our efforts keeping good food out of landfills and getting it to those in need. Watch this 3-minute video to see gleaners at work and to hear from our Charlotte-area gleaning coordinator, Jean Siers.

North Carolina Grows More Than Sweet Potatoes
A huge shout-out to Barbee Farms for allowing SoSA North Carolina one more shot at their field before it had to be plowed for winter! Seventeen gleaners saved more than a ton of peppers and another ton of eggplant which went to agencies all over the area, including Camino Community Center, Caterpillar Ministries, Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas, Friendship Trays, Inc., The Bulb, East Lincoln Christian Ministry, and many others.

Florida Hosts a Simple Supper
The Florida SoSA staff stopped gleaning to host a Simple Supper Supper and Silent Auction at Broadway United Methodist Church in Orlando. Delicious food, delightful company, and dynamite auction items were all available. Chef Robert Sayles prepared the food.
This was a fun fundraiser for SoSA and the proceeds went toward feeding hungry people across Florida.

Georgia Sweet Potato Drop Helps to Change the World
It was “Change the World” Sunday at Covington First United Methodist Church. Even something as simple as a sweet potato can help change someone’s world.These potatoes did not make the perfect grade for the grocery stores and would have been wasted. Instead, these potatoes filled food pantries throughout the county, and then reached the homes of families who need them most.

Indiana Office of SoSA Suggest Using Pumpkins as Food!
Those lovely, orange, round delicious fruits are one of the biggest food wasters – especially post-Halloween. There is so much you can do with them:
**roast the seeds when carving them (try spicing them up!)
**they make delicious pumpkin pie
**put pumpkin in your savory dishes — soup, ravioli, or curries
**freeze it or even make it into jam

Mississippi Gleans Fields — and Farmers Markets, Too
Recently, one of our Farmers Market Fresh Food Drives shared that they could use a SoSA banner at their table. They wanted to make it easier for folks to spot the donation table from across the market. It looks like that banner helped bring in the food — those are 19 gallon Ikea bags full of squash and zucchini, all quickly transported to food pantries.

Tennessee Hosts a Great Harvest of Hope Event
We’re grateful for a wonderful Harvest of Hope held in Fayetteville, Tennesee.Youth and adults from churches in Paris, Tennessee and Dahlonega, Georgia gleaned about 8,000 pounds of sweet potatoes, learned about hunger and food waste, and had a great time. Big thanks to West Farms, Crystal Springs Church Camp, Nourish Food Bank, God’s Storehouse, and Kroger’s.

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