Facility at 2255 Nebraska Ave.,Palm Harbor ....Grace Community Church
F.E.A.S.T. was started in 1983 when members of the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church organized bags of groceries to give people requesting help from the church.
In 1989, FEAST was incorporated as a nondenominational 501-C3, providing us with tax exempt status.
Over the years we have expanded and grown. We now have a warehouse on donated space at the Curlew United Methodist Church with our distribution center at Grace Community Church.
FEAST receives no federal funding or grant monies. Over 95% of all contributed funds gets directly to the families in need. FEAST participates in two nation-wide fund drives each year, local letter carriers food drive in May, and the Boy Scouts food drive in November. These two drives results in FEAST getting over 23 tons of food. This is about 1/3 of the 76 tons distributed by FEAST annually.
FEAST provides help in North Pinellas County including Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar,
Countryside, Palm Harbor, Ozona and Crystal Beach .
Walt Anderson, Director of FEAST, has served in this capacity over the last 7 years. There is a sitting Board of Directors and over 35 dedicated volunteers who perform the daily labor of keeping the shelves stocked, food distributed, and the doors open. The only paid staff member is a part-time driver and go-to-guy. Many local area schools assign students to help at FEAST to gain special credit.
A normal day in the life of FEAST...
Walt Andersen, Director, assisting Volunteers preparing bags
Food taken from shelves to bags bags are nutritionally balanced