Lakeland Food Pantry Holiday MealElderPoint Ministries and St. David’s Episcopal Church – who officially opened their Mulberry food pantry Dec. 4 – invite Mulberry residents in need to join them for a hot and hearty holiday lunch Dec. 18. Approximately 200 individuals were fed at their Thanksgiving luncheon and even more are expected to attend December’s.

The holiday luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion: 1500 N. Church Ave. in Mulberry. Volunteers from ElderPoint and St. David’s Episcopal will serve freshly prepared turkey, ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and desert, at no cost to attendees.

“Our mission is to meet seniors at the point of their need, but this luncheon is open to people of all ages,” says Jane Hammond, the executive director of ElderPoint Ministries. “It’s our way of letting the Mulberry community know that we care and are committed to helping their elderly neighbors.”

In addition to lunch, volunteers will distribute food items to seniors in need. It may be the season of giving, but ElderPoint provides such food distribution services year round. They are thrilled to have expanded their ministry by reaching disadvantaged seniors in the Mulberry area, Hammond said.

The St. David’s Episcopal/ElderPoint food pantry in Mulberry is housed at the White Water Management facility, and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

The recent luncheons and new food pantry are evidence of progress in ElderPoint’s effort to make their food, housing and transportation services available to a greater number of seniors. The organization is excited to grow it’s range of services and bridge the gap between the Mulberry and Lakeland communities. However, this goal can’t be fulfilled and sustained without a devoted team of volunteers and regular food donations.

For those with questions regarding the holiday luncheon, new food pantry, volunteering or donating resources, please call the ElderPoint Ministries office: (863) 682-7249. There are multiple opportunities to help the area’s disadvantaged seniors every week.