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Food Banks running low on food donations

Posted by Karen on April 14, 2016
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Food Banks running low on food donations

During the holidays, there’s plenty of food to share with those in need as donations during the holidays are at an all time high.

Now that the holidays have passed, the food pantry supply is dwindling fast.  Unfortunately, the need for food in our community has not dwindled.  In fact, if anything, it has increased!

Coupled with the fact the grant money to purchase meat is almost gone and the Second Harvest Food Bank does not have a lot to drop and deliver to the smaller pantries, and the fact that hundreds of families rely on the pantries to make ends meet, there is currently a huge need for food donations (and monetary donations to buy meat) at several of our local food pantries.

Montverde UMC Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and New Beginnings both welcome your donations of canned goods and pantry staples.

Drop off locations have been set up for those unable to get to these locations.  The drop off locations are as follows:

Fix Plus 

121 W Washington Street, Minneola

Open M-F, 9 am to 5 pm.  In the strip center by the Minneola Post Office


Metes and Bounds Title Company

17301 Pagonia Blvd, Clermont



Realty Professionals

300 E Highway 50, Clermont


Food pick up will be coordinated and taken over to the food pantry.


Montverde UMC Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is able to purchase meat from Second Harvest Food bank from 9- 18 cents a pound when the meat is available.  This is a handling fee they have to pay to get the meat.  They can only do this if there is enough grant money or donations to do so.  Donations can be made out to:

Account LE-938/Montverde UMC

c/o Second Harvest Food Bank

411 Mercy Drive

Orlando FL 32805

(or simply mail to Montverde Food Pantry PO Box 560608, Montverde FL 34756) Either way, your donations will be put to good use and will help to feed many, many families in need right here in our own community.

Food donations can also be dropped off at Montverde Loaves and Fishes at 17015 Porter Ave – Montverde, FL – 407.469.3626
Open: Mondays 9-11am & Fridays 1-4pm (or by appt for new client emergencies)

Julie Bennett of Montverde UMC Loaves & Fishes explained “We get way more food for free from SHFB than we pay a fee for.  Last year we had around 60 tons and the cost was small.  Visit our pantry page at and read through the posts for statistics.  There is no better way to help the hungry!”

New Beginnings welcomes donations at 415 Citrus Tower Blvd, Clermont.  Their hours are 10 am Monday-Friday and 9 am on Saturdays.

Anyone in need of food, be sure to stop by either New Beginnings or Montverde UMC Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.  Great people in both locations willing to help many in need.

Also, every Saturday in the Winn-Dixie parking lot there is also assistance with food, sponsored by our local churches, from 10 am to 1 pm, weather permitting.  This is also sponsored by New Beginnings.

If you’d like to volunteer, volunteers are always needed at both locations.

Helping feed those in need in our community is part of my Big Why.  I love to help out and volunteer and my passion is making sure no one is going hungry!  When needed, I have picked up food for those who couldn’t do so and delivered it to them.  Whatever it takes to help and give back to our community.  There’s no need for anyone to go hungry when we all pitch in to give a helping hand!

Thank you to all who help give back!  Feel free to share my post so we can help get the word out.  Thanks a bunch!

~Karen Arlick