Food is a basic need. It’s life sustaining. But what if you didn’t always have access to enough food for you or your family? What if you had to choose between paying your rent or buying food to feed your kids dinner? Lack of access to food not only affects our health and mental well-being, it causes worry and desperation when it’s not readily available to us.
This is our why. It’s the reason we’re the #1 emergency food distributor in Pinellas County. The Free Clinic Food Bank distributes food free of charge to over 65 partner agencies in our community: food pantries, shelters, community kitchens, missions, residential programs, and child care centers.
Over 60,000 of our neighbors in need receive food assistance through this collaborative effort every month. We’re not just helping feed people. We’re restoring hope to seniors. Nourishing kids so they can excel in school. And making families whole again.
Closing the Hunger Gap
In 2016, we distributed over 4 million pounds of food in our community. This was only possible due to the generosity of our grocery store chain partners (80% of our food comes from this source) and food drives coordinated by churches, clubs, civic organizations, and individuals.
Volunteers assist us in warehousing and maintaining a variety of food, which includes: can and dry food items, meat, produce, bread, and pastries. Food donations are accepted from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Every day we are inspired by the generosity of our community. Whether it’s a donation of time or money, we know firsthand how this simple gesture impacts those struggling with hunger or food insecurity in our neighborhoods.
Small things add up. That’s how change happens. So whether you’re organizing a food drive, packing a food backpack for a child, or donating money—your efforts matter.Make a Donation Become a Volunteer Host a Food Drive