Church Community OUTREACH

Church & Community Outreach is a not-for-profit, Christian organization that helps support and coordinate the response of local churches as we work together to provide food for hungry and resources to those in need a all in the name of Jesus. We serve five cities Safety Harbor, Clearwater, Oldsmar, Largo and Dunedin. Families must show proof of residency and according to number of family members, food is provided based on Florida’s Poverty Level requirements.

Customers receive Meat, Dairy, Produce, Bread and Desserts on Wednesday last name beginning with A-L and Friday last name beginning with M-Z. This food provides nourishment to approximately 120 families each week.

Our History

Church and Community Outreach celebrated their 30th year of feeding the hungry in 2017. It was started by two ladies operating out of a Methodist church on 2nd Street in Safety Harbor named The Lord’s Lauder. Fred McCoy served as Director in this capacity for 12 years. He retired in September 2009. Peggy Smith has served as Director since September of 2009. In 2000, 17 years after its start, the pantry moved to the Neighborhood Family Center on 10th Street. The pantry was in a building on Main Street for two years prior to Safety Harbor NFC. Harborside Church was the driving force of CCO up to 2017. In January of 2009 Calvary had a notice in the bulletin for anyone interested in helping start up a food pantry to contact Pat Marder. Five ladies met with her. Peggy Smith agreed to become the Director until such time as she found a job. God had another plan and Peggy Smith is still there 8 years later. 

In 2000, 17 years after its start, the pantry moved to the Neighborhood Family Center on 10th Street. The pantry was in a building on Main Street for two years prior to Safety Harbor NFC. Harborside Church was the driving force of CCO up to 2017. In January of 2009 Calvary had a notice in the bulletin for anyone interested in helping start up a food pantry to contact Pat Marder. Five ladies met with her. Peggy Smith agreed to become the Director until such time as she found a job. God had another plan and Peggy Smith is still there 8 years later. CCO now manages the food pantry for Calvary Baptist Church. The pantry has existed through the generosity of local Churches, Mobile Home Parks, Civic Clubs and individuals. We couldn’t operate without all the generous giving provided from our donators and volunteers.

Jeanne Nice

DIRECTOR

Jeanne Nice was saved at a Summer Bible Camp at the age of 12.  She graduated from The University of Buffalo.  She worked as a Health Care Professional for 47 years.  Her last position of 18 years was Regional Business Office Director of 29 Ambulatory Surgery Centers for HCA.  She has been an active member of Calvary Church for 2 years.  Prior to that the Nices were members of Orlando Baptist and Indian Rocks Church.  Jeanne started working at the Food Pantry in June of 2017 at the Safety Harbor location.  Her husband Kerry’s passion is teaching the Bible which he has done for over 25 years.  Jeanne’s passion is serving others.  God laid it on her heart many years ago to help people in need.  The Food Pantry is the where God placed her to serve out HIS plan for her life.

Rick Howard

BOARD PRESIDENT

Rick Howard has been a Board Member for our Food Pantry since 2016. He has 42 years of retail grocery experience with Public. He leads by example, always doing his best and encouraging other to do the same. He is well respected by his peers for his caring nature and his extensive retail food knowledge. Rick and his family have attended Calvary for the last 24 years. He is a Deacon, has served on Calvary Christian High School Board. He and his wife Melissa have served in many different areas of the church. Rick is looking forward to serving our community this year and working with our Board.

Sponsors

Our work would not be possible without the faithful support of our sponsors. We would like to thank many of the community churches and organizations for all they do to help individuals and families in our community. We also would like to thank Feeding America and RCS for their weekly/monthly food donations. All your donations are making a difference for family members of the community.