TARPON SPRINGS — A joint effort between the Salvation Army Clearwater-Upper Pinellas County and local volunteers packaged and provided over 200 food boxes for needy households in Tarpon Springs last week. The Feb. 13 morning event was part of the Salvation Army’s Mobile Food Pantry initiative that sets up on-site operations in various North Pinellas neighborhoods where healthy, affordable food is hard to find. The local branch’s Mobile Food Pantry is on a rotation serving one of three North Pinellas neighborhoods — Greenwood, High Point and Tarpon Springs — each month. Tarpon Springs will be revisited by the program on May 8, said Salvation Army Clearwater-Upper Pinellas County Director of Development Lindsay Crossland.
Crossland reported that 206 food boxes were distributed to Tarpon Springs families last week, helping to feed 501 people. The food drive was stationed in the vicinity of St. Timothy Lutheran Church on Tarpon Avenue. The Salvation Army partners with the national hunger-relief charity Feeding America to help fill the boxes. Included in each is a flyer letting recipients know how to receive additional services from The Salvation Army in Tarpon Springs, Crossland wrote in an email. Support from the local communities being served plays a large role in making the Mobile Food Pantries a success, Crossland said, and more help is always appreciated. “We recruit volunteers from the community and we always need about 15 to 20 to make the Mobile Food Pantries happen and each food drive costs about $2,500 to put on,” she said. Future volunteers can sign up by going to www.salvationarmyclearwater.org.