In 2012, Gina Stanford noticed how many children in her community relied on free and reduced breakfast and lunch at school. She wanted to do her part to help her neighbors. She started by providing holiday meals for over 200 families. As the outreach grew, the Hummingbird Pantry joined Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as a feeding partner. In addition to emergency food assistance, the pantry began distributing baby items, furniture, clothes, and other essential household items on a weekly basis.
Needing a bigger facility, in 2017, the city of Titusville offered for the pantry to operate out of the cafeteria and community room of Riverview Elementary free of charge (the school had closed a few years prior). Today, Hummingbird Pantry occupies a 7,400 sq. ft. facility with walk-in coolers and freezers, serving over 900 families in northern Brevard County.
In May and June, Hummingbird Pantry partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to host two mobile food distributions and served as a produce pivot point to assist other local pantries in Titusville.
Reflecting on the impact and growth of the pantry’s impact, Gina says, “Having a neighbor come to us in need and then watching their situation improve from being in need to becoming a volunteer, or mentoring another family to say, ‘I’ve been there; you can do it,’ and encouraging others to know that it will get better, makes it all worthwhile.”
– Submitted by Greg Hansen, Brevard County Branch Manager