When it first opened in 2003, Prodisee Pantry assisted 25 families in need each week. Now Baldwin County's largest emergency food pantry feeds an average of 225 families, or 550 individuals, each week.
The nonprofit community ministry provides emergency food, regional disaster relief and a collaboration of supportive programs to 60 new families each month who have depleted their rainy day funds. The once middle class families are now the face of hunger.
Hunger is invisible in our communities but not at Prodisee Pantry. During the first six months of 2013, volunteers provided fresh produce, meats, eggs, bread, boxes of canned staple foods and warm smiles to:
• 5,460 families
• 12,981 individuals
• 3,588 children
• 3,065 seniors
Deann Servos, executive director of Prodisee Pantry says families seeking assist can immediately access various other resources onsite from supportive programs including: Project Rebound, SNAP, South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program, The Salvation Army, The Family Center, Housing First and more. When a family needs food there is always something else that needs to be addressed to help them move forward to a brighter future. This onsite collaborative effort has made Prodisee Pantry a "hub of hope".
Thanksgiving conjures up images of families sitting down to a feast complete with a turkey and all the trimmings. Prodisee Pantry provided 1,396 families with this feast last November. Funds for this project come from the annual Turkey Trot fundraiser. Each participant in the 5K Race equates to a turkey for a Baldwin County family in need.
The 4th Annual Prodisee Pantry Turkey Trot runs through Old Towne Daphne on Saturday, October 26, 2013 with both a 5K Race and a 1-mile Fun Run. The 5K Race starts at 8:00 a.m. in Lott Park on Main Street. It follows a fast and flat course as it winds through Old Towne Daphne.
The Fun Run is at the same location at 9:00a.m. Walkers are encouraged to participate in the Fun Run. A family friendly post-race party includes food, music, beverages and other family activities.
Registration forms are available online at www.active.com when you search "Prodisee Pantry Turkey Trot", and at www.prodiseepantry.org under the Turkey Trot tab. Participants can also register at McCoy Outdoor in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope and at Prodisee Pantry.
Entry fees are $18 for the 5K Race and $10 for the Fun Run if you register by October 24th. Race day fees are $20 for the 5K and $10 for the Fun Run. You can get more information at www.prodiseepantry.org, by calling 251-626-1720, or sending an email to email@example.com.
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