The Daily Bread Food Pantry at Mandarin Presbyterian was created to assist those families and individuals in need in our local area (Zip codes 32257-59, 32223, and 32217). The food pantry is open each Tuesday from 4:30pm – 6:00pm on the Mandarin Road Campus (11844 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, FL. 32223)
Participants may come once every two weeks. No one will be turned away on their first visit but there after must have some evidence of current address including zip code.
“Food Insecurity” has become a national buzzword. Food insecurity occurs when an individual or household lacks access to sufficient, nutritious food that fulfills the dietary requirement for an active and healthy life. Commonly phrased, food insecurity exists when an individual believes they don’t have enough food to avoid hunger.
Almost 55% of children in Duval County participate in the free or reduced cost lunch program.
In Northeast Florida, 25% of families who visit food pantries have at least one household member working.
One third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities such as rent, utilities, medicine, or medical care.
The Rotary Club of Mandarin, Inc. fund raising theme for 2021 is Feeding Mandarin!, and they have selected the MPC Daily Bread Food Pantry as one of the primary organizations to receive funds from the drive! Our congregation has been faithfully generous in supporting this ministry since it began, almost 8 years ago, and we are only able to provide nourishment to our guests because of your generosity, and that has been constant since day 1. We are excited about this opportunity; any funds we receive from being a beneficiary of the fundraiser will allow us to expand and improve how we store and distribute food to our guests (enhance our delivery infrastructure).Can we help make this fundraiser a success? Yes, and there are several ways that you may choose to do so if you’d like to get involved. First there will be a "50/50” raffle, where half of the total ticket revenue will be “won” by a single ticket winner, and half will go into the fundraiser pool.The second way to get involved is to participate in the virtual/“on-line” auction, in one of two ways. The Rotary Club would gladly accept any items you may wish to donate to the on-line auction, and everyone is welcome to join in on the on-line bidding for any of those items! Instructions how to participate in each of these ways are included in the attachment below.
Clothes Closet to Reopen!
We are excited to report that the MPC Food Pantry will reopen the Clothes Closet during July. We regrettably had to close the Closet during the Covid epidemic, but given recent CDC guidance feel it’s time - and safe - to reopen.
So, we are now ready to accept your clothing donations, and offer the following guidance for what we will be able to accept, and in turn make available to our guests:
- miscellaneous, non-clothing items (furniture, toys, appliances, etc) cannot be accepted, due to the limited amount of space available for this ministry.
- donated clothes should only be gently worn; torn or soiled garments cannot be used we will not offer our guests underwear or undergarments, due to the personal nature of those items; please don’t donate these items.
- we will not be offering shoes, and request you also don’t donate these items.
- donations can be placed in, or beside, any of the Food Pantry donation bins. There is a bin at each end of the hall that runs from the choir room to the Loft in the Sanctuary, and in the Narthex by the rest rooms. Additionally, there are two bins at the Church office complex inside the double white-door entrance-way into the office.
- We thank you in advance for your generosity and support as we reopen this clothing acquisition opportunity for our guests. Blessings!!
If you are interested in more information on this ministry or to volunteer please contact Wayne Gaff by email or call the MPC church office at 680.9944