The Florida Keys and Key West, are known as “Paradise” but a growing number of residents are struggling just to feed themselves and their families. While Key West is home to a variety of the world’s most famous restaurants and offers numerous beautiful dining settings, some of Key West’s own residents go without regular meals. A significant number of the food insecure citizens that turn to FKOC for food assistance don’t qualify for federal nutrition programs & are forced to rely on emergency programs such as provided by FKOC. Many are working poor, elderly, & children.
Monroe County has the highest food cost index in South Florida. The food budget shortfall in Monroe County per person per week is $22.36, with a total shortfall of $6,530,000.00 or 1,700,520 meals per year. 21.5% of children in South Florida are food insecure, meaning, 264,80 children go to bed hungry.
This is more than a community problem; it is a national disgrace and a preventable crisis.
The Loaves & Fish Food Pantry offers two locations to assist community members in need of nonperishable food items. Located at The William M. Neece Center and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop in Bahama Village, both are available to any Monroe County community members who are unable to afford sufficient amounts of food.
The William Neece Center
Open Monday thru Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, after hour services available by request
2221 Patterson Ave
Key West, FL 33040
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays 11:00am to 2:00pm
800 Center Street
Key West, FL 33040
Food for the pantry is donated from local churches, individuals, food drives and from the USDA. Further financial support is provided by the United Way of the Florida Keys and Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida.
70% of the food insecure population in our community qualify, based on income, for food stamps (SNAP) & other federal nutrition programs, while 30% do not and often must rely on programs like the Loaves and Fish Food Pantry. Loaves & Fish Food Pantry serves people regardless of religious, ethnic or political affiliation. Community members may receive up to three-days’ worth of food per household member to supplement other food resources.
Data taken from FeedingAmerica.org, Map The Gap, 2016 and FeedingSouthFlorida.org, Press Release 05/09/2016
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