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 : Edward (Buddy) Forehand
His bailiwick is the pantry and has been for most of his nearly 12 years with FAITH Neighborhood Center. And that comes naturally for Buddy. He spent his working career in the food industry area—15 years with Publix and nearly 30 years with Muller—then Best Foods—then Unilever. You see, he knows what he is doing.
According to Buddy, he usually spends his first moments as a volunteer putting everything back in order—with each commodity in its rightful place. No, it’s not because he is that compulsive; it’s because that’s the only way to do it!
Buddy and his wife have been married for 56 years. They have two daughters and one son and five grandchildren. And, by the way, he is a true native Floridian having been raised in College Park, Orlando, and graduating from Edgewater High School.
He spoke about the difference in the volumes of food items distributed now as compared with when he started.
Thanks you Buddy, for your many years of faithful service to the needs in South Lake County.
News and Coming Events
You are invited to join us for "Five Wishes: Making Sure Your Loved Ones Know Yours"
April 30 at 10:30 am at the Center
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED
RSVP WITH SONDRA GREEN @ 352-429-1200 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking back, we have finally put the
“I” in FAITH (INSTRUCT)
Our new 6-week Basic Computing Level 1 class will begin on Thursday, April 19th from 2:30pm-4:00pm. Still room available in this class if you are interested.
Maximum 10 participants per class.
We had an incredible mobile food drop in the four corners area on Friday, March 30th at Raintree Apartments. Second Harvest brought 17,665 pounds of food to be distributed. We were only supposed to drop 10 pallets but instead they brought 18! It was a good thing they did though, because we served approximately 165 families (700 individuals) over the course of 3 hours. All that we had left was a few eggplants and some carrots. Volunteer groups represented were: FNC, Connection Church, South Lake Church of Christ, and a couple that now live in Kissimmee that volunteered in the old building. In total, 28 volunteers and we needed every last one of them. I think we all are a little sunburned and tired but it was an amazing event on this Good Friday.
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.