That pantry Is on a pace to distribute about 4,400 bags of groceries this year, or about 5 percent less Volunteers are needed by both divisions of the pantry. Volunteers pack the bags for distribution. Drivers are needed to take food to residents who can’t travel or don’t have transportation. Drivers bringing food also can help a senior feel less isolated. Volunteers also help distribute food to people who visit the pantry at the office at 542 E. Bradford Road in Tallahassee. That pantry is open from 9-2 on Wednesdays and 8-2 on Thursdays.
To volunteer, donate nonperishable and personal hygiene items or to learn how to receive food through the pantry, call (850) 542-0016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the pantry and other GNO services also is available on this website.
Volunteers delivering more bags of food for seniors
By Don Ruane
More social services and other nonprofits are learning about and sending groups of clients to Good News Outreach’s grocery delivery service, which may explain why the program for seniors is on a pace to distribute nearly 5,200 bags of groceries this year.
The total, if sustained, would be a 25 percent increase over 2020. The number of people served along the delivery routes also has grown monthly from 667 in January to 694 in April.
That’s what Director of Operations Rebecca Howard sees as the driving force behind the growth during the first four months of the year.
Meanwhile, an improving economy including more employment, federal stimulus checks and more children back in school where they can get meals seems to be reducing the demand in the pantry operating out of GNO’s headquarters, she says.