Marco's 'Our Daily Bread' food pantry receives $13,000


Marco Island’s Our Daily Bread food pantry recently received $13,000 from the Community Foundation of Collier County's Angel Fund Grant for Small Nonprofits.

The Community Foundation of Collier County awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grant dollars from the Changing Needs Fund, which is made up of donors who believe in the Community Foundation’s ability to identify and grant to the community’s most pressing needs.

New summer program focuses on bringing food to those in need

At the food pantry, volunteers collect, weigh, sort and store food. For the outreaches, bags of food are filled to the brim and loaded up along with portable coolers of fresh milk, fruits and vegetables.

In collaboration with Al’s Pals, an organization led by Marco Islander Allyson Richards, weekly outreaches go to the corner of North Collier and Elkcam Circle on Marco Island, Manatee Middle School, and various neighborhoods off the Route 41 corridor.

Our Daily Bread also partners with the Marco Island YMCA for bi-weekly mobile outreaches to Parkside Elementary and Manatee Elementary schools.

More:Marco Island church feeds families in need with its 'Our Daily Bread' food pantry

And:Sharing: Marco volunteer group operates food pantry at Manatee Middle School

This summer program estimates serving the needs of over 5,300 low income family members. Expectations run high in the organization and these new mobile outreach programs didn’t disappoint, said Liz Pecora, director of communications

“One of the key lessons we have learned is that not everyone can come to us," Pecora, said. "As a result, mobile pantries have become a key strategic initiative for us in 2019.

"Our goal is to provide nourishment to the many families that may be unable to visit our Marco Island food pantry location on Saturday mornings. We hope to continue as a trusted food resource at these new locations. Together, with our community partners, we are working to wipe out hunger."