According to Anita Bullaro, co-director of Our Lady's Pantry along with her husband Tom, families appreciate our help more than we may realize -- even the littlest people in the family.

"A while back, one of the moms came up to me and said, 'My five-year old son wants to know if he can give you a hug?'  And I said, 'Sure!' So then he came running over and he gave me the BIGGEST bear hug ever!  And he still gives me a big hug every other week, when they come in.  He runs over to me and grabs me and hugs me so hard.

"It's heaven!  It's stuff like that that keeps me going . . . ."

In fact, Our Lady’s Pantry received an especially nice thank you note from a client recently.  

It reads as follow:

“To my friends here:
I may not know you by name, but I have met your heart.
You were there when I needed you.  Thank you.
I am happy to tell you that I am back on my own feet again, and this will be my last visit."

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More kind comments . . .

Anita and Tom also conducted a survey of our clients this summer to ensure that everyone at Our Lady’s Pantry was consistently treating them with respect and dignity.  Below are a handful of responses to this survey:

·      The staff is always courteous and kind, providing a service I really need.   

·      They treat me with kindness.

·      Anita is great!

·      The food is so helpful to my family.  I just can’t say enough about how wonderful the staff is.

·      They help my family out.  Plus, the people who work here are very sweet.

·      Everyone is respectful of others.

·      I like the friendliness of people -- and the food!

·      We get our food early and I have enough to get by!

·      I like your being here when I need you.  I love what you are doing.

·      They all are very nice and can help in every way.  

·      They always have a smile and friendly way about them.

·      You do a great job.  Thank you for everything you have given me over the years.

·      Thank you all for your help and caring!

·      If it wasn’t for Our Lady’s Pantry, we wouldn’t be able to survive.

Has Our Lady's Pantry helped you and your family?  If you have a personal story you would like to share, kindly let us know.  You can send a note to us at the address below -- OR contact us through this Web site -- OR just tell your story to Anita some Saturday morning.  Thank you.  

Our Lady's Pantry
 Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Migrant Mission
16650 U.S. Highway 301
Wimauma, Florida 33598