By: Tony McCray
Saturday, May 21st Pensacola Caring Hearts provided food to 1,068 families, with 35,000 to 40,000 pounds of food at Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the church’s parking lot. If the average family size had been four persons per family, the impact would have been 3204 persons assisted. Pensacola Caring Hearts is an independent non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that continues to shake up the local status-quo in nourishing and feeding individuals and families in Escambia County. The organization’s members and volunteers distribute provisions throughout the community twice a month, and they sponsor a Food Pantry located at 1900 North Pace Blvd where food is always available for the needy.
There is a hunger crisis in the Panhandle of Florida. 15% of households and 25% of children within the area are suffering from food insecurity. The children and the elderly in Escambia County are the most at risk, and these groups make up the largest number of clients being served. The organization is currently attempting to raise funds or donations for their food Pantry located at 1900 Pace, Blvd., in Pensacola. Other needs are 6foot portable tables to help in the distribution of food and a pickup truck to assist them in the transporting of food to keep the Food Pantry stocked.
Any person or organization may assist by sponsoring a Food Truck through the Bay Area Food Bank. The Truck contains 5,000 lbs. to 10,000 lbs. of food and will feed approximately 500 families, who average four family members. The cost for a truck is approximately $800.00. The organization will order the truck for the sponsor, and will use its members and volunteers to distribute the food at a location of your choice in the community. For example, a candidate for office brought 25 volunteers with him to assist in the food distribution this past Saturday. Workers from Favor House along with the Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church members through the coordination of Michael Jackson also assisted with distributing the food.
Fannie Finkley is the Founder and President of the non-profit group. Other board members include Lee Avant, Felecia Finkley, Gladys Philyaw, Janet Avant, Christopher Finkley, Joann Evans, Garnie McCauley, Quentin Finkley, and Neal Croom. For more information and how your donations could help to cause a change in the lives of so many, you can visit the organization’s food Pantry at 1900 Pace Blvd or visit their website at www.Pensacolacaringhearts.org