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 Cheryl Fromularo, the manager of the store.
We Care Ministries, usually funded in part by Good Neighbor Thrift Store, is relying mostly on donations from the community because Good Neighbor Thrift Store had to temporarily close their doors starting March 18 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Located at 9025 Navarre Parkway, Good Neighbor Thrift Store is part of the Navarre United Methodist Church. The store began operating in 2009 in a neighborhood, and then in December 2011, Good Neighbor moved to the current location.
Before the thrift store temporarily closed due to the coronavirus, donations always seemed to be rolling in, and in fact, there often wasn’t room for all of it.
“Our community is so generous,” Fromularo said. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without having those donations in the store.”
The We Care food bank provides food to those in need in the hopes that those people can take their mind off where their next meal is coming from and focus on other aspects of life that will lead to them getting back on their feet.
In addition, Good Neighbor is starting to assist people with food stamps.
“Anything we can do to help people get out of a situation and on to something better is what we are all about,” Fromularo said.
We Care is also partnering with six local churches to help families with kids missing out on school meals. If you have school age kids from a Navarre school, you are eligible for assistance from We Care.
Volunteers will deliver a week’s worth of food per child to your doorstep. If you would like an automatic “reload” every week until school reopens, let We Care know. Food should not have to be optional when rent or bills are due.
“A lot of families I talk to say they never thought they would call and ask for free food,” Fromularo said.
If you or your family needs assistance, call 850-939-1005, and leave your name, phone number and the message “school food” and they will call you back as soon as possible.
If you need rent or utility bill assistance, please call 850-939-1005 separately and leave a message. You will be called back and scheduled for a phone interview.
We Care food pantry is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
If you would like to know what food the pantry needs for donations, head over to the Good Neighbor Thrift Store Facebook page for weekly updates.
We Care Mission at Good Neighbor Thrift Store
9025 Navarre Parkway
Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.