Living in a time where some families literally don’t know if they’ll be able to eat dinner tonight, We Care Ministries food pantry has stepped up to meet the need in our community.
Not only do they provide food and essentials to families in need, We Care, located in the back of Good Neighbor Thrift Store, also assists locals with paying their essential bills.
In 2019, We Care Ministries, also called We Care Mission, gave away roughly $65,000 in assistance for rent, food and electricity to those who qualified for the help.
“We do what we can to help. Our store exists to help those in need,” said Laura Beth Snow, the new manager of the store.
Located at 9025 Navarre Parkway, both Good Neighbor Thrift Store and We Care Ministries are missions of the Navarre United Methodist Church. The store began operating in 2009 in a neighborhood, and then in December 2011, Good Neighbor moved to its current location.
Adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic, Good Neighbor Thrift Store is now open four days a week for shopping – Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The store is disinfected each time it is opened to the public.
Unfortunately, the hours are limited due to COVID-19 and a lack of volunteers. If you would like to help out at the store, call Good Neighbor today.
Masks are mandatory for shopping. When someone enters the store, they are offered a free mask, a pump of hand sanitizer and they are told what sales are currently going on.
This month, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Good Neighbor will be having a bra sale to promote breast cancer awareness.
Themed sales are constantly changing so make sure to stay tuned to Facebook for the latest deals.
Good Neighbor also has the best deal in town for Halloween costumes.
“Kids costumes are $2 and adult costumes are $4. For that price you can change halfway through,” Snow said.
The thrift store is accepting donations from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. When donations are accepted now customers must unload them out of their cars and into big plastic bags. The donations must then be quarantined in the back room for 72 hours before they can be processed. Good Neighbor has finite amount of space, so they may have to close the donations door before 4 p.m. They can even take furniture as space allows.
The We Care food bank provides food to those in need in the hopes that those people can take their minds off where their next meal is coming from and focus on other aspects of life that will help lead them to getting back on their feet.
We Care has a recipe-based system where they distribute three meals a week with everything you might need to make the meal included inside the paper bag.
In addition, Good Neighbor is starting to assist people with food stamps.
“Food is cheap, but to some it’s not,” Snow said.
Food should not have to be optional when rent or bills are due, she said.
Food donations are always welcome for the Lindy Bush Food Pantry at We Care. Please check expiration dates before donating.
We Care is available by phone at 850-939-1005 for assistance with utility bills, rent and food.
We Care food pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“It is important that someone is here during those hours. So, call and leave a message; the call will get returned,” she said.
We Care Mission at Good Neighbor Thrift Store
9025 Navarre Parkway
Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.