History

The Love Pantry began in the fall semester of 2011 when First Baptist Church of Orlando sponsored the 13 pilot schools in the program.

Thanks to a grant from Orlando Kiwanis Foundation which was matched by McCoy Federal Credit Union, Florida Hospital, Magruder Foundation, and private donors, the Love Pantry program expanded into 17 additional schools for the Spring 2012 semester. In the fall semester of 2012, fourteen more schools were added to the program, bringing the total number of participants to 53 schools.

Since its inception in the Fall of 2011 with just 13 school locations, the Love Pantry has expanded to 68 schools and distributed more than 701,834 food and 35,087 hygiene items to 133,465 household members which includes 84,553 children!

In the summer of 2018, the Walmart Foundation renewed their commitment to feeding hungry children through the Love Pantry with nearly a $64,000 grant.

During the 2017 calendar year, the Love Pantry distributed 104,377 food and 3,205 hygiene items to impact the lives of 26,071 household members of which 16,305 were children with the help of 850 donated volunteer hours.

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