As families and individuals feel the financial strain of inflation and are still recovering from the pandemic, food insecurity is still a problem in and around Kissimmee. Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Mercy Foundation, in partnership with Farm Share, will host a first-come, first-served, drive-thru food pantry at 2188 McClaren Circle in Kissimmee.

The Mercy Foundation formed after the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016. That summer, when the Central Florida community was still grappling with the pain of that terrible tragedy, the foundation hosted “United We Remember” at Osceola Heritage Park.

The event set the stage for an outpouring of love, support and condolences for the 90 local survivors and victims of the tragedy, as well as their friends and family members. Serving the underserved is a slogan that underlines the fundamental principle of the Mercy Foundation: all people deserve dignity, safety, health care and education, regardless of their life circumstances.

The food will be provided by Farm Share, a nonprofit organization established in 1991 as a food bank that works daily to ensure that food-insecure Floridians receive the food and support they need.


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