PRODISEE PANTRY INC

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid

Location: 6530 Spanish Fort Blvd % Deann Servos Spanish Fort AL 36527 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

i was on hand for the very first day of the Prodisee Pantry. We were started by a local United Methodist Church in 2003 and have become a multi-church, multi-community non-profit organization (2005) providing emergency food boxes to families in Baldwin County, Alabama. It has been a real blessing to see what caring community individuals can do when all faiths and all walks of life come together to serve their communities. Last year we served about 12,000 families with staple food boxes including fresh produce and bakery items either donated by individuals, corporate entities or purchased from our Area Food Bank. About 20,000 volunteer hours were logged by community members to achieve this amazing feat. The pantry has one full time and one part time employee. Last year we were able to purchase, renovate and move into a larger facility which has enabled us to carry on our ministry of providing HOPE to our less fortunate brothers and sisters in our county. I have been so blessed to be a tiny part of this ministry and humbled to realize that hunger is so real and so near to all of us if we will just open our eyes.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Providing HOPE by feeding physical, emotional and spiritual hunger! Prodisee Pantry's compassionate volunteers provide 1,000 + families each month with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, bread, boxes of staple groceries and warm smiles! It is about hunger! This volunteer run program can take a $20 donation and provide $120 worth of food to a needy family in Baldwin County. BUT, what makes this program special is that it understands that when someone comes in for the most basic of needs: food and a hug, there are other things going on. They coordinate and have on site other programs which address other needs such as jobs, counseling, utility and housing assistance and more. This community ministry will serve some 12,000 family visits this year. In the past eight year, the blessings of a caring word, referrals and groceries touched individuals 130,000 times!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at the Prodisee Pantry since approximately May 2007. My family and I have also been the recipient of their help.

First, my personal story. In July 2007 I was diagnosed as having Stage IV oropharyngeal cancer (a cancer of the head and neck). While I was undergoing treatment for the same I became unable to work -- I was basically bedridden for months. Each and every week Deann Servos, the Executive Director of the Prodisee Pantry, took the time to bring my family food. I can't begin to tell you the debt of gratitude that I owe her for being so kind and generous. Without the donations given to the Prodisee Pantry and without servants such as Deann my wife and our two children (then 8 and 4) may not have been able to eat as well as they did.

As a pastor who actively serves the community, I'm confronted nearly every day with those who are in dire straits. When disaster strikes or the economy takes a downward turn people hurt. Being there for those who are hurting is where the Prodisee Pantry excels.

Since 2007 the Prodisee Pantry has played a pivotal role in bringing together several organizations, under one roof, so that those who live in Baldwin county know where to go to get help. From the Salvation Army to Project Rebound and the Council on Aging to BARC - local Humane Society -- the Prodisee Pantry, under the leadership of Deann Servos, is providing our clients with many different types of help.

The primary goal of the Prodisee Pantry is providing food for single parents, unemployed and under-employed households, families in transition, homeless, retirees and grandparents raising grandchildren. Last year we helped around 35,000 people eat healthy, nutritious meals.

Although I live in Mobile (a county adjacent to Baldwin), I'm more than happy to drive the nearly 40 miles (round trip) each week to serve those in need. The Prodisee Pantry is a great way to meet people where they are, to serve them in a way that doesn't embarrass them and to give back to the community.

Rev. Lonnie Honeycutt

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

On a weekly basis we help well over 250 individuals or families. We work with each person on a one-on-one basis to ensure that they not only get food to eat but that they receive counseling from the appropriate person or organization if they need it. Many who come to the Prodisee Pantry are elderly and/or young people who have been hit hard by the economic downturn our nation is experiencing. Others are refugees from disaster areas who have recently moved into Baldwin county. We try to help them all.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would move from our current location to a bigger facility -- one that would allow us to help more people, store more food and provide better opportunities for volunteers to serve -- more space means more room for our volunteers and clients to move around comfortably.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More space -- a larger facility.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

My volunteer experience has definitely impacted me in that I've developed several life-long friends with whom I would have never come in contact with were it not for the Prodisee Pantry. These friendships have come not only from within our group of volunteers but also from our clients.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Volunteering with the Prodisee Pantry has made me feel valuable. I know that I'm doing something that is life-changing to those we meet. Even though the food we give them is gone by months-end, the personal connection we make with our clients will last a lifetime and it's mutual (they feel the connection as do we).

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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