During the time of crisis, we are committed to our mission that no one should go hungry during the Covid-19 pandemic. as well ensuring that the community has the nutritious food, they need to stay healthy. Due to school closures, job disruptions, lack of paid leave, businesses closing and the disproportionate impact on adults 60 and older, low incomes families and the homeless our priority is to provide the help they need.
We want to make sure that food is not one of the worries to face during this pandemic. It is our intention and commitment to prevent hunger and ensure access to food for all residents particularly the working poor, seniors, homeless, and disabled.
Serving the economically challenged region of South St. Petersburg and Pinellas County, especially families in the 33712 ,33711 33705, 33710, 33711, 33755, 33756, 33781 and 33789 zip codes,
The GOW mobilized quickly to assess challenges and to make sure the people we serve were provided the supports they needed. The coronavirus pandemic has brought many changes to the services of our organization and unexpected variables. GOW cancelled or postpone many of our fundraisers. This sadly resulted in a reduction in donations for our programs. The pandemic inspired us to be more agile, to pivot and approach issues more innovatively, and challenged us to look at our work differently. For some of our programs we transitioned to virtual or online experiences. We learned to shift how we deliver services and ensure we are able to provide the much- needed services. We surveyed our audience of clients served, opened a Homebound food pantry to seniors, a walk-up food pantry and implemented social distancing. One of our biggest challenges was how to transition and sustain volunteers. We had to find ways to recruit and deploy volunteers in ways that that were safe, efficient, and effectual.
We have collaborated our services with St Pete Clinic, Pinellas Community Foundation, Carefirst, Feeding Tampa Bay, Hope Villages of America
Our food pantry location is 1801 34th street South, Saint Petersburg Fl. 33711
The GOW Food Pantry is open every Thursday & Friday from 11 am-1 PM . Our Homebound senior's food delivery program is operated Tuesday- Friday.
If you or anyone you know is in need of food, please send them to us. We are also accepting donations of can goods and monetary donations.
If you have any questions, please call Samantha at 727-490-8914