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 with just 13 school locations, the Love Pantry program has expanded to 68 schools, distributed 695,505 food and 35,047 hygiene items to 128,392 household members of which 82,313 were children!

In the summer of 2017, the Walmart Foundation renewed their commitment to feeding hungry children through the Love Pantry with a $75,000 sponsorship.

During the 2017 calendar year, the Love Pantry distributed 103,276 food and 3,205 hygiene items to impact the lives of 25,563 household members of which 16,042 were children with the help of 850 donated volunteer hours.

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