It’s time to fill the plate of our neighbors in need!

What:  Fill the Plate Luncheon featuring Leslie Anne Tarabella as guest speaker

Where: Prodisee Pantry, 9315 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL 36527

When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 11:30 am

Contact: Deann Servos, Executive Director Prodisee Pantry 251-626-1720 office

Prodisee Pantry is asking for your help to fill the plate of our neighbors in need!  Please spread the word about the luncheon and then come join us for lunch and a humorous slant on a serious subject. Our guest speaker is Leslie Anne Tarabella.  It’s time to fill the plate of our neighbors in need. Because, it’s about hunger!  Seating is limited. (Attached is more info about Mrs. Tarabella.)

According to Prodisee Pantry’s Executive Director, Prodisee Pantry is celebrating 15 years of filling the plate of those who are hungry.  "In just 2017, 14,105 families sought assistance with the most basic of needs: food and hope!  Prodisee Pantry’s volunteers distributed 548 tons of groceries, but we are so much more than a box of groceries. We listen, care for and plug families into other services that can lift them from poverty to self-sufficiency.” responds Servos

During the Month of MAY, Red plates will be popping up all across the county at banks, churches, businesses, small groups, civic clubs, etc.  Each plate has a value of about $100.  One nickel, one dollar, ten dollars or one hundred dollars at a time, the community will  fill the plate of our neighbors in need.  "We are asking the community to donate what they can when they see the red plates.  For so many, healthy fresh fruits and vegetables are a luxury… but for pennies on the dollar Prodisee Pantry can provide a family with these nutritious options from local farmers,” Servos says.

Hunger is invisible in our community, but not at Prodisee Pantry!  The image of who is hungry in most people’s minds isn’t who Prodisee Pantry sees.  Over the past fifteen years, our volunteers often recognize themselves in the faces of the 302,888 individuals who have eaten food provided by Prodisee Pantry.  The hungry include the elderly woman sitting next to you at church, the single mom with two kids at the grocery store buying milk, your neighbor, or a co-worker.  Many of the 125,000 families that have walked through our doors are struggling financially due to job loss or low wages, medical expenses, natural disasters and other crises.

It costs just $20 to provide a family with $120 worth of groceries. But, Prodisee Pantry is more than just a box of groceries to these families.  Each family receives fresh produce, meats, bread, staple grocery items and onsite access to dozens of other supportive programs.  Our caring volunteers can plug a family into onsite representatives for free legal services, SNAP (food stamps), counseling, employers, budget help, medical assistance, GED classes and so much more.  We love hearing families say "I came for food, but left with… a job… a voucher for school uniforms for my kids… housing help and more! Our facility has been dubbed, "A HUB OF HOPE!” 

Each month 1,200 families seek the most basic of human needs: food and hope!  Bringing hope by feeding physical, emotional and spiritual hunger is what compassionate pantry volunteers do each week. 

"1 in 4 CHILDREN locally are food insecure.”  And that "69% of SENIORS have to choose between food and utilities” and "79% of FAMILIES buy inexpensive, unhealthy food to combat hunger” according to "Hunger in America 2014.” Luncheon attendees will also learn who Prodisee Pantry is, what we do and how we do it.  Prodisee Pantry is so much more than just a box of groceries.   


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