The Friends For Life – Food Pantry, a 2017 GSL grant recipient, provides food, fresh produce, fresh meat, and hygiene supplies for people living with HIV/AIDS and their dependent children. The FFL food pantry started in the early 1990s and serves from three hundred to three hundred and fifty clients a month. They must be registered clients with FFL to receive this service. The food pantry ensures that the clients get a balanced meal which includes fresh produce and meat products. To this end, the food pantry purchases food from the Mid-South Food Bank, fresh produce from Charlie Sciara & Son Produce, fresh meats from Superlo, and hygiene supplies from Walgreen’s and Sam’s, as well as private donations. Clients can receive food once a month, and receive thirty to forty pounds of food each visit.
The food pantry distributes about ten thousand-five hundred pounds of food, in addition to the three thousand five hundred pounds of USDA food each month. It is open five days a week and services clients from 12-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 12-3 p.m. on Friday. The food pantry provides food for about seventy-five dependent children. FFL has agreements with other service agencies to ensure that clients get the necessary food once a month.
If you want volunteer,
please call 901-272-0855.
By Juan Fuentes
GSL Outreach Liaison