Monday, May 17, 2021

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry Awarded Community Foundation of Collier County Grant

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is pleased to announce it has received two $2500 grants from the Community Foundation of Collier County. These grants supported the development and launch of the Pantry’s first website, providing timely information to guests in need, volunteers and donors. The funds also enabled a Partnership for help from Network for Good to provide assistance with fundraising capabilities.  

Since their beginning in 2016, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry has seen exponential growth and now serves almost 30,000 individuals annually in its brick and mortar and mobile pantry locations. The volunteer-led leadership team recognized the need for a central donor management and communication portal through a website to further engage donors and the community with news and key information.  

“Looking forward, we were aware that to better connect with our corporate and private donors here in Collier County, we needed the right partner to come alongside us,” said Liz Pecora, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry’s Director of Communications. “Community Foundation of Collier County graciously partnered with us in these two important areas: website development and fundraising. The Network for Good grant will help us build internal fundraising capabilities. The other grant has made possible the launch of a professionally designed website. Together, these partnerships are vital in our mission of working to wipe out hunger.” 

The Our Daily Bread Food Pantry website features an online system for prospective volunteers to explore and begin the application process to volunteer. Donors can also find an easy-to-use and secure portal to process tax-deductible donations. Guests have access to an up-to-date calendar of the locations of the mobile pantry as well as “Pantry Day” dates for the fixed base location at 1450 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL. 

“We are proud to once again provide Our Daily Bread Food Pantry with a grant to support the wonderful work they do in our community,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Community Foundation of Collier County President and CEO. “This grant for website development will help build their donor management and fundraising capacity, allowing them to further enhance their services.”  

The Community Foundation of Collier County awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. Selected organizations receive grant dollars from the Changing Needs Fund. This Fund is made up of donors who believe in the Community Foundation’s ability to identify and bestow grants to address the community’s most current needs. 

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