The Christian Service Center for Central Florida seeks to mobilize our community under one common vision: to eradicate poverty through the provision of services and resources that foster hope, well-being and empowerment. For over 45 years, the Center has provided aid for our hurting neighbors with various programs designed to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, regardless of race, religion, age or gender. Hundreds of thousands of people have been served from the Center’s three locations in Downtown Orlando, West Orange County, and Winter Park.
The Christian Service Center has three core programs specifically designed to serve its mission and address the most prominent needs of those struggling in the Central Florida community. Through these core programs, we fulfill our mission of preventing homelessness, combating poverty and cultivating self-sufficiency.
The Love Pantry is one of these core programs and was created to be an immediate and effective channel to alleviate childhood hunger and food insecurity in Central Florida, as well as remove hunger as a barrier to learning. Children who are hungry can’t learn. It’s that simple. The Love Pantry program places an emergency food supply directly into Orange and Seminole County public schools, available Monday through Friday. The program meets their immediate needs, and also addresses long-term sustainability of families.
OTHER PROGRAMS OF THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER
Family & Emergency Services
Family & Emergency Services (FES) provides immediate emergency assistance and relief to families and individuals who are faced with an unexpected financial crisis. The primary goal of FES is to help families maintain their residence and prevent them from being forced into homelessness. Help may come in the form of food, clothing, rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, prescription medicine costs, transportation or referral to other services to prevent them from becoming homeless.
Since 1975, the Daily Bread program has been serving a free, nourishing, noontime meal for families and individuals in the community six days a week for the most at risk population and helps struggling people get needed referrals to other programs and partner agencies. In March 2018, Daily Bread reached a major milestone having served it 4,500,000th meal!