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We serve all of Seminole County from two food pantries in Longwood and Sanford. Food is free to those in need, as are all services at The Sharing Center. A team of dedicated volunteers staff the pantries Mon.-Fri., sorting and shelving the food, then packing groceries for people to take home.
To enhance both the quantity and the nutritional value of the food we give out, we have created an organic garden to grow fresh vegetables, fruits & herbs. This Garden of Hope is a collaboration between The Sharing Center, City of Longwood and Rotary Club of Longwood.
We rely on food drives at local churches for most of the non-perishable foods, and also count on local businesses, civic groups, and neighborhood drives. The U.S. Postal Service "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive the second Saturday in May annually helps set us up for the summer, and the Boy Scout Food Drive every November gives our pantry a boost before the holidays. Fresh produce, fruit, eggs, meat, bread and pastries also are provided. We partner with U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, and Second Harvest Food Bank to ensure a well-balanced grocery cart.
To schedule a Food Drive or collect funds and let us stretch your $$ further, call Pantry Supervisor Lenore Tavella direct at 407.691.3134. She will help you schedule a drive in your church, club, workplace, or neighborhood. Call Lenore for updates on current needs or email her at: Lenore.Tavella@TheSharingCenter.org.
To volunteer in our pantry or other areas of The Sharing Center, Call 407.691.3138 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some Non-Perishable foods always needed: Canned or boxed meals, tuna, soup, beans, juice, pasta sauce, sugarless foods, snacks, juices.
We like perishables, too! Fresh vegetables and fruits overflowing from your garden or shopping trip also needed.
Other items always needed: Bath Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Lg and XLg Baby Diapers, Laundry Soap, Dish Soap, Toilet Paper, Feminine Products.