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 601,690 food and 33,789 hygiene items to 108,920 household members of which 69,686 were children!

During the 2016 calendar year, the Love Pantry distributed 104,634 food and 4,315 hygiene items to impact the lives of 22,692 household members of which 14,685 were children with the help of 850 donated volunteer hours.

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

 

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