A Food Bank and Service Center for those in need serving the needs of South Lake County, Florida
The FAITH Neighborhood Center was founded in 1972 and has been in continuous operation since opening. The Center has grown until now we have over 100 active volunteers. Our dedicated volunteers allow us to keep the costs of running the Center with a small part-time staff as low as possible.
We provide support to low income families and individuals in South Lake County– Mascotte, Groveland, Clermont, Minneola, Montverde and points in between and south to the county line.
We offer several kinds of assistance:
• Medical support in conjunction with the South Lake Community Health Center.
• Educational/Training opportunities
• Assistance in applying for food stamps, Medicaid and Emergency Assistance.
Focus on a true and faithful volunteer -- Rae Starke.
Rae is the pantry’s volunteer coordinator. With so many volunteers coming from vastly different backgrounds, they bring very rich experiences. Rae was born in Larvik, Norway and came to America in 1952 when she was five years old. Not speaking any English, Rae learned quickly and flourished.
During her professional career, she was a legal secretary, working at a bank and even for a judge among other responsibilities. Rae is obviously well-versed in her background. She began with FNC in March of 2016. As FAITH neighborhood pantry volunteer coordinator, she brings a disciplined approach to her position to make sure that the pantry’s protocol is working. She claims that her big job is to make sure that the pantry is staffed because so many more families are needing assistance.
When asked what some of her most memorable experiences have been, she said that what she remembers with the greatest satisfaction was during Irma’s unwelcomed visit. And she remembers working with the so many people in dire straits. Being able to help those in need after the hurricane with emergency water and food, brought great joy. Another very busy day was right before Thanksgiving when 86 families were processed. When possible, she has the help of her daughters and grandchildren.
Rae had three daughters and one son. Her son died unexpectedly several years ago, and her husband died shortly thereafter. She has five grandchildren. Currently, she is looking after her 102-year-old mother who is at Clermont Nursing Home under the care of Hospice and she still has time for FNC.
Thank you, Rae, for your loving and faithful service to others in need.
News and Coming Events
Patty Andreone will host a new Widows Support Group for women on March 23 starting at 10:30 am at the Center. RSVP with Sondra Green at 352-3=429-1200 or contact specialprojects@ faithneighborhoodcenter.com.
There are many ways to donate to the center: Donate Money, Food, Household Items, or your time. Or become a Partner of the Center. Click on the Ways to Help menu at the top of each page to learn how.
Donating to the Center is easy. Donate by using your favorite credit card by clicking the DONATE MONEY NOW button below or just send a check to the Center.
Donate food through your favorite participating Church or just bring your food to the Center side door. A good alternative is to donate money for food, providing a 10-1 payback.
Donate household items such as linens, books, decorative items, kitchen supplies, small appliances, etc. No furniture please. Bring your donations to the right side door at the Center.
Donate your time by volunteering to help in many different ways. Call the Center for information.