The Food Pantry at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill Open each Wednesday from 9 am to 3 pm, with the exception of the Wednesday before Thanskgiving. It is located in Fellowship Hall. The Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers who work in two shifts: 9-12 and 12-3. It takes about 30 volunteers each week, including daily pickups to run the Pantry effeciently.
The Government supplies us with USDA food monthly, which is free but limited in variety. For instance, we may receive 52 cases of Cranberry juice and 35 cases of peaches. We purchase needed items at the Suncoast Harvest Food Bank located in Land O' Lakes using funds from donations and our budget. We make this trip weekly. The congregation has been generous in supplying us with items not obtainable at the Food Bank. Bread and bakery items are donated by Publix.
There are various jobs taken on by our volunteers: repackaging of bulk items, desk duty, inventory, housekeeping, bookkeeping, and the stocking of shelves.
The Food Pantry is also responsible for the Thanksgiving Basket distribution for the needy.
The Food Pantry is a demanding ministry. It reaches out to the needy of our community, not only with food, but with compassion and concern for each member of God's family.
If you would like more information about the Food Pantry, please call the Church Office, 352.683.2600 x0.
"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."