The Circle of Veterans and Families Inc. (COV), in coordination with Paddling for Veterans and in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay, will provide a mobile food pantry for veterans, community members and children, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
The pantry will be open on Jan. 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., or until supplies are exhausted, at the Lewis Abraham Boys and Girls Club, 38724 Mudcat Grant Blvd., in Dade City.
The event will feature seven pallets to nine pallets of food, averaging 5,000 pounds to 7,000 pounds of a variety of fresh produce, meat, dry goods, and bread and bakery items. This amount of food typically feeds 250 to 300 families.
For those interested in COV, this 501c3 charitable organization is located at The Circle of Veterans Ranch and Rehabilitation Center, a 10-acre ranch in Dade City/Lacoochee, in Pasco County.
The ranch creates a transition space for education, relaxing, rejuvenating, and most of all connecting. It provides transitional housing for eight male veterans at a time, but its doors are open to other veterans to come and socialize at any time.
It provides alternative therapies, too, including equine and animal therapy, that do not require the veteran to relive a traumatic experience.
Published January 15, 2020