In 2008, Village Presbyterian Church members stocked a small closet with non-perishable food for people in need. Today, it has grown into The Community Food Pantry, which serves Carrollwood, Northdale, Odessa, Lutz and other parts of North Tampa.
Demand has tripled over the past five years. The pantry is feeding more than 21,000 people a year, and one-third of those are children.
What makes the facility unique is that it’s a “client choice” pantry, where people can choose the products they need. Donations raised on Give Day will help buy a new freezer, cooler, carts and shelving.