I am the Outreach Director at a local church who partners with the Prodisee Pantry. I do not know a more efficient, better run organization like them. Their overhead costs are extremely low and find a way to exceed the needs and expectations of thousands of clients in Baldwin County.
It is an honor to financially support them and have many members who volunteer there regularly. When people come to us who are hungry, the Prodisee Pantry staff is glad to accommodate the need.
We could not as effectively help hungry families without them.
This place is truly amazing. Never have I ever seen or volunteered with a place so well organized and helps so many people. I have been helping out here for over 8 years and could not even begin to tell you all I have learned and all the people I have met and been able to help. Deann and all the volunteers here work so hard to be sure no one goes hungry nor goes without. I have volunteered all over the United States at various places I have lived and this place is just amazing.
One of the most professional and well-managed non profits I have experienced. Management and volunteers are so caring and motivated to help. The Board of Directors is active and follows best practices.
When you hear the statistics of hunger in the US, it is staggering. But, imagine being one of the many children or adults that don't have enough food. Having a place to go, where people help and care is important. At Prodisee Pantry, volunteers reach out and help families, providing more than food. Each week, families visiting Prodisee Pantry also find representatives from Social Security, legal aid assistance, educational assistance -- even companies looking to hire workers -- all on site and available to help. These resources provide invaluable assistance to families because Prodisee Pantry cares.
The Prodisee Pantry is a local food pantry dedicated to serving needy families along the gulf coast. The organization has the best staff and volunteer group that I've ever been involved with!
I have served on the Bd of Directors for Prodisee for the last 4 years. I became involved with this organization after my wife had become a regular volunteer. There are so many good things to say about Prodisee, the number of families served (over 15,000 in 2015), the number of community partner agencies we work with (over 35), the additional support programs we offer (free GED and job fairs on sight), the fresh produce we are able to share with our clients, etc. But what makes our mission successful is the core volunteers who take time from their busy schedules to help those in need in our community. http://prodiseepantry.org/
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.
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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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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