Mobile food pantry is next step in serving the needy for Pasco's Volunteer Way

Two refrigeration trucks will be ideal for pantry

Dixie Silliman has high praise for the organization that helps to keep her family fed.

"The Volunteer Way is the best place we have in the county," she said. "The need is humongous," said Assistant CEO of The Volunteer Way Martha O'Brien.

The Volunteer Way in New Port Richey is a place where people in need can go for food and necessary personal items.

"Because of these people here, we are blessed by God that they have big hearts and that they take the time out of their day to help others that are less fortunate," Silliman said.

About eight years ago, The Volunteer Way was assisting between 3,000-4,000 families per month.

"We've grown now up to 20,000 families per month. That's a lot, that's a big number," explained O'Brien.

So much demand that the organization will be moving into a new 10,000 square feet warehouse just down the street. There's also nearly seven acres available on the property for them to grow a variety of their own fruits and vegetables.   

"This is a great moment for us," said O'Brien

But through their calling to serve even greater numbers of those in need, The Volunteer Way is going to use their two refrigeration trucks as mobile pantries to reach those who are unable to come to them.

"Well, that would be wonderful," said Miriam Nunez as a friend loaded food and other items into a waiting vehicle. Nunez can only come to the warehouse for food if someone gives her a ride.

"Without a ride, it would be wonderful to have a mobile so they can come to the house when people need it," Nunez added.

The Volunteer Way plans on having its mobile food pantry trucks hit the road within the next few weeks. 

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