GoodLiving’s Food Pantry Challenge

Times have been a little tougher.

And the ongoing struggle with empty shelves at food banks are a sign of the times.

Fewer people have been able to give.

More people are in need.

People who never had to ask for anything before, but lost a job and can’t find a new one.  Good people who never knew hunger. Parents with kids. The frail, the sick and the elderly whose benefits don’t stretch enough to cover food for every day.

It’s easy to not to see it in a big spread out urban area like Pinellas County. We drive over glistening bodies of water and see the sun reflecting off buildings as we scurry about our days.  But also under the bright blue sky is hunger.

So with Christmas on the way, demand at the food banks will increase and as a community we need to make sure that they have enough food to meet the need on the short term.

We also need to help them have food for after Christmas. When the giving spirit has died down a little.  The holiday food drives are over.  We get back to business as usual.  But our neighbors still need to eat.


When you go to the grocery story, buy at least one extra can of food for about a $2.  Have a little extra to spare?  Then spend $10.  One of the food banks in the following list is called, “A can can make a difference.” So true. One can purchased by 10,000 people is 10,000 cans the food banks didn’t have before.

The bottom line is that your can is needed. : )

So answer the challenge today and help a local food bank. There are locations throughout the county so it’s easy to find one near you. Many churches have collection bins. Major food stores have collection bins. Local drives for food collection are everywhere if you look for them.

If it’s easier to donate money, then many charities have online giving opportunities.

Please don’t let this time pass without giving food. Let’s show our food banks how much we appreciate the hard work they do every day to reduce the incidence of hunger in Pinellas County. (And don’t forget the pet shelters, too.)

List of Food Banks for donating food

Locate a food pantry near you and call them to learn how to drop off food as hours vary. This is a partial list; additional organizations can be found at The list is also alphabetical. The 211 website can narrow it down by locations and show you a map as well.


Abundant Life Ministries

1550 Belcher Road South
Largo, FL 33771
(727) 210-LIFE x5433

Beaming Hope

13355 49th Street N.
Clearwater, FL 33762

(727) 521-7305

Bethlehem Seventh Day Adventist Church

1015 N Missouri Ave
Clearwater, FL 33755
(727) 461-4981

Calvary Episcopal Church, The Beach Community Food Pantry

1615 First St.
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

Countryside Christian Center, Helping Hands Ministry

2565 Blackburn Street
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 724-1290

F.E.A.S.T. Food Pantry

2255 Nebraska Avenue
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
(727) 789-5275

First United Methodist Church of Pinellas Park, Can Cupboard

9025 49th Street North
Pinellas Park, FL 33782
(727) 546-5741

Northwood Presbyterian Church Food Pantry

2875 State Road 580
Clearwater, FL 33761-3231
(727) 797-8276

Good Samaritan Church Food Pantry

6085 Park Blvd
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 544-8558

Greene Chapel AME Church Food Pantry

1905 134th Ave. N.
Largo, FL 33778
727) 586-6893

Guiding Light Ministries

7570 46th Ave. N. #369
Saint Petersburg, FL 33709
(727) 222-9230

Lakeview Presbyterian Church, Operation Attack

1310 22nd Avenue South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 822-1187

Lealman United Methodist Church, Food Pantry

4090 58th Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33714-1133
(727) 526-6240


Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center

1003 Dr. ML King Jr. Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
(727) 791-8255

New Life Worship Centre, Food Pantry

5540 Park Blvd.
Suite 1A
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 547-1400

Northside Baptist, Benevolence Ministry Food Pantry

6000 38th Avenue N.
Saint Petersburg, FL 33710
(727) 381-3642

Oldsmar Cares

163 State Road 580 West
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(813) 415-7373

Operation Hope Food & Clothing Bank

861 Sixth Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-2437

Park Place Ministries, Food Pantry

4400 70th Avenue North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 526-3674

Pasadena Community Church

112 70th Street South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33707

Pentecostal Lighthouse of Dunedin, Food Pantry

2801 County Rd 1
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 735-9885

R.C.S. (Religious Community Services), Food Bank

700 Druid Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 443-4031

Rock Church of Tampa Bay – A Can, Can Make A Difference

3970 Tampa Road
Oldsmar, FL 34677
(727) 657-4876

Salvation Army Clearwater Social Services

1521 E. Druid Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 446-4177

Salvation Army St. Petersburg Food Assistance

1400 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 821-9123

Salvation Army Tarpon Springs Social Services

209 S. Pinellas Ave
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 934-4476

Shepherd Center Food Pantry

780 S. Pinellas Ave.
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 939-1400 x415

St. Giles Emergency Food Pantry

8271 52nd St N
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
(727) 545-2664

St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Ministry of Helping Hands

1507 Trotter Road
Largo, FL 33770-4366
(727) 584-2318 x330

St. Paul United Methodist Church, Open Arms Ministry

1199 Highland Avenue
Largo, FL 33770
(727) 584-8165

St. Petersburg Dream Center, Ministry

1360 16th St. S.
Saint Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 520-1909

St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Food Bank

863 3rd Ave. North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 821-6574

Sylvan Abbey United Methodist, Food Pantry

2817 Sunset Point Rd
Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 796-3057

Tampa Bay Harvest

13620 49th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33762
(727) 538-7777 x1

United Family Outreach – First Assembly of God Church

1739 South Greenwood Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 588-4579

Wesley United Methodist Church Food Pantry and Clothing

301 37 Ave. N.
Saint Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 896-4797

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Written by Pamela Settle, owner of Light Shine Media Group and publisher of GoodLiving® Magazine. All Rights Reserved. No part of this blog may be reproduced without permission.

GoodLiving Magazine® is printed six times a year for families in Pinellas County, Florida, home to municipalities including Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Largo and St. Petersburg. The densest county in Florida, population is near 1 Million people. Past issues are available for viewing digitally on the website.

As an advocate for children and families, Pamela Settle serves as the local committee chairperson for The Children’s Movement of Florida, a non-partisan advocacy organization that works on behalf of the well being of children throughout the State of Florida.

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