Lighthouse Ministries, Hope Center - Lakeland, FL - Food Assistance

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215 E Magnolia Street
Lakeland, FL 33801
: (863) 687-4076


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    2019-10-12 14:06:56
    We give compassion, not a card. We give water or food to those in need asking for it. You see quickly who is really in need that way. The man who opens the water and eats the food is truly asking for food. No, not everyone can do that... honestly I can't but I do. But maybe in addition to suggesting they give a card say for the times you are unable or unwilling to help by giving water or a snack. Let people know they don't have to give money and it ensures they truly user it for food. On, back to searching for my local food pantry.

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Description: Lighthouse Ministries, Hope Center is a food pantry. Serves Polk County

Food pantry service hours: Mondays through Fridays 8am - 5pm. .

When an individual calls 855.4.CHANGE (242643), they will be referred toward the resources they need and provided with transportation to food and shelter. With the help of community partners such as Salvation Army, Talbot House, the City of Lakeland and The Mission of Winter Haven, those who make the Compassion Call will be provided with assistance and be guided in a direction of hope. The community is still able to distribute the Compassion Card to individuals they encounter in need.
How to use the Compassion Card?
The Compassion Card can be given to anyone who asks for help. When you are approached by a panhandler asking for money, you can simply hand them the Card. Lighthouse Ministries will facilitate transportation.
1. Every person receiving the card should be treated with the utmost respect.
2. When approached by a panhandler, do not attempt to judge their motives. Assume they truly need food, clothing, or shelter.
3. Giving money or goods to a panhandler is not always in their best interest. Giving the Compassion Card and explaining the services available with it is offering true help!
4. Be prepared for a variety of responses (anger, frustration, thanks, etc.).

* Make sure you check by calling the food pantry to confirm that they still are in operation and the hours as the hours have not changed.

Do you have items to donate? Contact Lighthouse Ministries, Hope Center at the phone number provided above to see if they can use any items you may have to donate.

If you are looking to volunteer for Thanksgiving or any other time, please contact Lighthouse Ministries, Hope Center at the phone number provided above.

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Do you have items to donate? Contact Lighthouse Ministries, Hope Center at the phone number provided above to see if they can use any items you may have to donate.

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