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Food Security

Because of the service and seasonal economic environment in Sarasota & Manatee Counties, 41%* of working residents are one crisis away from poverty, and often make desperate choices to make ends meet.*ALICE, 2019 We never want anyone to have to choose between a rent or mortgage payment and feeding their family. 

Household impact in 2019
FOOD SECURITY

Harvest Food Pantry

Every week, the Harvest Food Pantry distributes an average of 50lbs of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and dry goods to each family. The Harvest Food Pantry is also a resource for other local nonprofits and special outreaches, group homes for foster children and the elderly, and Harvest House clients. We have many partners from whom we purchase or receive donated food at a discounted rate including All Faith’s Food Bank, Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market, and Publix. This is all possible thanks to our partners and dedicated volunteers.

Harvest Food Pantry


If you walk or bike up, bring a backpack or sturdy bag to transport your food home. Items in your bag may include: fresh vegetables, frozen meats, dried goods, healthy snacks, baking essentials, and more. Church restrooms are unavailable during distribution.

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FOOD SECURITY

GrowBox Gardens

Farmer Frank of Siesta Key Chapel partners with us to show our families the power of growing their own food. Compost from the Harvest Food Pantry is used to fortify the produce grown by the families. 

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Farmer Frank has helped to plant one GrowBox Garden on each family-based campus with crops such as tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, lettuce, herbs, and flowers. We celebrate the planting season with a Planting Party and the end of each growing season with a Harvest Picnic. Our families really enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout the year. 

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Providing Food Security to Sarasota Since 1990

Pastors Jim and Peggy Minor moved to Sarasota in 1984 and discovered many struggling men, women, and children, so they began outreach in the community with the Harvest Food Pantry in 1990. “I remember sitting down and recognizing that so many people were coming for food because they had an issue with drugs and alcohol,” Pastor Jim recalls. “We needed to create a safe place for them and that’s how Harvest House was born.” Today, the Harvest Food Pantry is one of the largest food distributors in Sarasota County, serving families and individuals in need every week, rain or shine. 

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