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SEEDS OF HOPE Nourishing Hope Through Community Service

Mission: We want to nourish hope among people in need by providing food through the actions and help provided by our local students.

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Weekly Food Distribution

Every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. we hand out boxes of food to members of the community who need food. Our Food Bank is located onsite at the Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale at 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Brandon, FL. (Beside Dunkin’). Currently on average we hand out 325-350 boxes of food each week. We’re open rain or shine, but do go on delays for lightning. To sign up to receive texts about our distribution hours and if we go on a delay, please link below via the QR code:

Escanea el código QR para conectarte a Semillas de Esperanza (Seeds of Hope) Banco de comida. Reciba actualizaciones semanales sobre los retrasos de apertura debido al clima.

Backpacks of Hope

Our Backpack of Hope program is designed to help provide weekend food to school children who qualify for free school lunch. Our program works effectively by closely aligning ourselves with school personnel. Our backpacks are unique in that we target hunger relief for the whole family – we know that “hungry kids go home to hungry families.” Currently during the school year we provide backpacks of food to 150 students weekly and during the summer on average between 50-75 students weekly.

Our backpacks include items that will sustain a family for the weekend. EX: a jar of peanut butter and jelly, a box of cereal, boxes of mac & cheese, a box of pasta.

Mobile Food Pantry

We understand there may be circumstances that limit someone from attending our weekly food distribution. We work with our clients to meet their food needs. The mobile pantry, aimed at Lithia residents, works with clients on an individual basis. It’s a one on one distribution that is discreet and confidential. Email mobilepantry@sohopefl.org for more information.

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FishHawk Turkey Trot

Are you looking for a great way to help others on Thanksgiving? Would you like to spend more quality time with your family? Have your whole Family join us for the FishHawk Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning! What a great way to spend time with family, improving your health and supporting a local charity. This year we celebrate our 15th annual race and would love to see all of you out there, which helps support our food bank all year long! Want to be notified when race registration opens? Email admin@sohopefl.org to be added to our list.

Other Events

Are you interested in hosting a fundraiser or event to benefit Seeds of Hope? We’d love to partner with area businesses, networking groups & charity organizations. Please email admin@sohopefl.org to discuss.

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