ANNUAL REPORT

During 2021 we gave away 6+ million lbs. of healthy food worth $20+ million.

Skyrocketing Rents & Inflation Crushing Our Neighbors
Children in our community struggle to find food when they’re out of school where they get free breakfast and lunch plus snacks five days a week.

Meals are hard for them to find on weekends, holidays and summer vacation.

Our matching campaign will help us buy potatoes, carrots, lettuce and other nutritious food. Donations have dried up at a time when food prices are skyrocketing.

Beef prices have risen 16%, flour 14.2%, fruits 19.5% and milk 13.3%, according to The New York Times.

A record number of local families are registering for free food because their monthly rents exploded at a time when inflation has added hundreds of dollars to their monthly expenses.

I asked parents to tell me specifically why their children need our collective help, and they shared these pictures and comments.

“We cook the meat and vegetables you give us daily to feed our children and scrounge whatever money we can so we can go to the grocery store. Your pantry saves us hundreds of dollars so we can keep a roof over our head, water running, and the lights on. Because of your pantry my children have the necessary nourishment that I can’t afford in full right now….We appreciate everything we receive.” – Ken

Luz shared the picture at right from her son helping to cook several of our items for their family’s meals.

Candace said her children get creative with ingredients: “We cook spaghetti and ground beef and sauce, taco and ground turkey, fried catfish, fried rice, mac and cheese, rice and beans, garbanzo beans in coconut sauce. The food had helped us tremendously with our bills.”

“Your food is very important to our family and our kids. We thank you, and God bless.”
– Adel

“Food….such as rice and peas and chicken, hot dogs, peanut butter sandwiches, mash potatoes , stew pork or stew chicken, vegetables , and fruits are prepared. Chicken soups are also prepared, stew beef with rice. Green beans are cooked and boil carrots are also cooked.” — Lorna

“I just want to send a shout out to all the donor’s and volunteers that make all of this work. I am a disabled mother and am so blessed with all the wonderful food that is made possible by all of you. Thank you so much. When you’re on disability it’s not like when I was working, my budget is just getting by. And with the medications and doctor’s bills it would be totally impossible to get by. Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart ❤ for making my life and my family’s life a lot better. God bless.” – Gwenda

If You Would Like to Help Feed Our Needy Neighbors
1 — Email Dan Shorter at dan@feedthehungrypbc.org to be added to our email volunteer list so you can be invited to help on the days we are giving out food.

2 — If you would like to hold a food drive at your business, organization or among your family and friends, contact Jacquie at catmomjac@yahoo.com or 561-398-0566, and he will provide instructions.

3 — If you would like to help financially, make checks out to Feed the Hungry Pantry of Palm Beach County and mail to Jacquie Shorter, 8306 155th Place North, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. We are a 501(c)(3) charity and you will receive tax credit. Since we are a mostly volunteer organization, every dollar goes to acquire, transport, store and give away nutritious food for the needy.

OUR PRAYER LIST

  • $65,000 for a new 26-foot refrigerated van
  • $28,000 annual cold/dry storage$25,000 yearly truck rentals and repairs
  • $20,000 annual truck fuel
  • $19,500 annual vehicle insurance
  • $2,000 buys new banana boxes to put food in for 1,000 families

Every $10 feeds a family January-October and $40 per family at the holidays provides a family meal with meat and vegetables.

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