Agape Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, is part of the national Feeding America Food Bank network, a member of the Florida Association of Food Banks and is the only designated provider of USDA commodities serving Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties. 

Our Mission
To lead in the fight to end hunger in our community by providing nutritious food and transforming lives through innovative programming, education, and hunger advocacy.    

Our Vision
100% of the people in our community have access to an adequate supply of nutritious food.

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HUNGER BY NUMBERS

HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITY

Polk County is ranked 8th in the nation for food insecurity. 
One in six of our neighbors struggles to put food on the table. 
Over 70% of our public school students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. 
In 2013/2014, Agape distributed 8.8 million pounds of food - That's more than 7.3 million meals! 

Agape's Outreach Efforts

AGAPE'S VITAL ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITY

For over 30 years, Agape Food Bank has played a vital role in addressing hunger in our community through a variety of programs: 

    • Partner Agency "Sharing" Program – warehouse grocery
    • Pallet Delivery Program – door-to-door deliveries to Partner Agencies
    • Mobile Food Pantries – direct distribution to the most impoverished areas
    • SmilePak – weekend meals backpack program 
    • School Pantries – weekly distribution at select schools for children and families
    • USDA Commodities – distribution via pick-up and delivery

We are participating in a new initiative to get fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the field to feed people in need.

“It’s part of our mission to feed nutritionally" - Kim Long, Director of Agape Food Bank.  

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        How Can YOU Help?

        We are looking for food donations and weekday volunteers at our distribution center and food pantries. 

            Our Most Needed Food Items:
            Canned Food Items, including: 
            Veggies (green beans, corn, etc.) 
            Fruit (peaches, pears, etc.) 
            Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.) 
            Pasta (whole wheat) 
            Soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.) 
            Ethnic Foods (beans and rice, etc.) 
            Dry Cereal 
            Shelf Stable Milk 
            Peanut Butter 

        Call a location in your area today to schedule your shift! 

        Agape Food Bank 
        625 McCue Road Unit 2 
        Lakeland, FL 33815 
        863-665-7074 
        7am – 4pm 
         
        Lakeland Food Pantry 
        1801 E. Memorial Blvd. 
        Lakeland, FL 33809 
        863-686-7153 x 6 
        M-F 9am – noon 
         
        Winter Haven Food Pantry 
        532 Ave. M. NW. 
        Winter Haven, FL 33881 
        863-299-7983 
        M-F 9 am – 11 am 
In addition, we are accepting money to offset the costs of the SmilePak program and Mobile Food Pantry. Click the red “Donate” button on this website and designate your donation for Agape.

To learn more about Agape Food Bank, click here: 

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 If you have questions or would like more information, please email: agapefoodbank@cflcc.org 

Contact for more information:

Kim Long, Director
Agape Food Bank
625 McCue Rd., Unit #2
Lakeland, FL 33815
863-665-7074
863-510-0975 (fax)

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