By: Jen Russon
A dedicated, weekly team of volunteers are still operating their food bank out of the Royal Palm Christian Church, located on the west side of the intersection at University Drive and Royal Palm Boulevard.
Alice Price, office manager at the church, said a core of regular helpers is keeping the pantry open.
She said they are always in need of donations and has been grateful to receive harvests from the Coral Springs Community Garden, as well as residents in the community bringing in needful things, like peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, tuna, canned chicken, soup, beans, and rice.
They also like to receive toilet paper, bar soap, and feminine products as donations.
Price said these could be dropped off in plastic grocery bags at the church entrance or preschool entrance, and that checks made payable to ‘Royal Palm Christian Church’ with “helping hands” written in the memo field are also greatly appreciated.
“We are not turning anyone away right now. Normally new people in need have to register through Gateway Community Outreach, but I can do that for them if they stop in early enough,” said Price.
Blessings Food Pantry is open on Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. First-time visitors to the food bank must present a photo ID and arrive no later than 7:15 p.m.
Price said those in need should not arrive before 5:45 p.m., as the church does not begin serving until 6 p.m.