A food bank provides food to pantries, churches and homeless shelters

The arrival of summer is always a time of heightened food insecurity in north-central Florida, but rising costs for food and other basic necessities are pushing more families into crisis.

Since its inception in 1987, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank has been feeding hungry people in Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, and Levy counties. Marcia Conwell, who led the food bank from 2011 to 2021, retired in August.

The Bread of the Mighty is a private nonprofit organization that collects, sorts, stores, and distributes food and basic necessities to more than 190 nonprofit agencies including food pantries, churches, homeless shelters, and other organizations. The Food Bank has a 25,000-square-foot warehouse, 10 trucks and vehicles that transport food to mobile warehouses and partner agencies in five counties.

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