Partner Spotlight: Shiloh Baptist Church of Orlando

Shiloh BaptistShiloh Baptist Church, located in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando, has been a Second Harvest partner agency since 2014.  While their partnership with the food bank is somewhat new, the church can trace its history back to 1899!

Shiloh Baptist Church distributes food twice monthly, serving over 500 families each month.  In addition to their regular food distributions, the Church goes even further in showing their commitment to the Parramore community by providing residents with Christmas meals, Thanksgiving baskets and food specifically for children.

Shiloh Baptist Church hosted its 5th mobile drop distribution on June 24th.  Below, Pantry Manager Priscilla Carter shares her experience from that day:

“When the 18 wheeler drove into the parking lot at 580 W Jackson Street, some 80 volunteers were ready and waiting to begin the process of unwrapping, unpacking, sorting and bagging.  The semi from Second Harvest Food Bank is like a box of chocolates –  we never know what we will get.

As early as 7:45 a.m., the line had already begun to form.  This drop provided food to persons residing in the Parramore and neighboring communities. Shiloh members were joined by family, friends, and members of St. Richards Episcopal Church in a huge volunteer effort to place some 32,808 pounds of food into the hands of more than 315 households.

Our volunteers were amazing!  At one point, a pallet of watermelon needed to be moved from outside into the gym.  The melons were heavy and needed to be placed at the end of the client receiving line.  The volunteers walked those melons in 2 by 2 in no time.  Then, volunteers formed a ‘bread brigade,’ a volunteer chain that moved a pallet of bread and sweets inside in a matter of minutes.

The volunteers working in the distribution center located under the canopy outside do a remarkable job of packing bags that we purchase from Save-A-Lot.  These folks invest a lot of sweat equity and they do it with a smile the entire time.  They leave happy to have helped.  Each client received two, large Save-A-Lot bags, filled to the brim, plus a bag of sweets, and watermelons. Plus, clients who wanted them received children’s books to encourage summer reading!

Around 3 p.m., the volunteers that remained were hot, tired and in the midst of cleaning up.  It is always that one person that walks up at the end,  that keeps us humble and committed to doing these food distributions.  That one person, who is willing to take anything, because they have nothing, reminds me of the words of Jesus, ‘…that they are of the least.’ “


Partner Spotlight: Shiloh Baptist Church of Orlando
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