About our Food Pantry
The main service One Heart for Women and Children provides is food for all who are in need. Through federal programs, anyone who is in need of food is eligible to receive USDA commodities food (TEFAP). Residents of Orlando are eligible to receive additional food such as perishable and non-perishable food including dairy, fresh produce, baked goods, frozen meats and more.
“In 2020 in Orange County, 18.6% of individuals (1 in 5 individuals) and 28.6% of children (1 in 4) experienced food insecurity. Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.” – info provided by Second Harvest
The food One Heart distributes comes from donations from local grocery stores, farms, food sponsors, businesses and individuals. To bridge the gap between donated goods and the demand for food needed, One Heart is in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, a member of Feeding America, to have a shared cost for non-perishable food and meat.
Food is available by appointment for pickup on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12pm-3pm (closed Wednesday & Sunday). If you are a first-time client, visit us during these days and times to schedule your future appointment. Food is distributed at One Heart for Women and Children in College Park at 2040 N. Rio Grande Ave, Orlando, Florida, 23804.
To donate food:
Please drop off non-perishable, non-expired, non-breakable items at One Heart for Women and Children on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am – 3pm and Saturday from 8am-2pm.
We are not able to accept fresh dairy or produce, refrigerated items, meat, homemade goods, leftovers, open packages, items in glass containers, or expired foods from individuals.
If you’re a grocery store or farm and would like to donate food:
Thank you for considering partnering with One Heart to receive your surplus items. Please contact us at 321-299-4594 to discuss logistics.
Most needed items:
- Canned meats: Vienna Sausage, tuna, chicken, salmon (packed in water)
- Canned Goods: Fruits fruit (in its own juice, no sugar added varieties, vegetables (reduced salt/no salt varieties), 100% vegetable juice, spaghetti sauce (no glass)
- Grains: Rice, pasta, crackers (whole-grain varieties), ready-to-eat cereal (low sugar/high-fiber), oatmeal
- Protein Foods: canned/dry beans & peas (low/no salt varieties), peanut butter
- Dairy/Dairy Alternatives: Nonfat dry / powdered milk, evaporated milk, soy milk
- Meals: Beef stew, soup (reduced sodium varieties), chili, dried meals (add water)
- Other: Nutritional drinks (ex: Ensure, Boost), instant food mixes that only require water (mashed potatoes, biscuit mix etc.), snack foods), dried fruit, 100% fruit juice, individual fruit cups, peanut butter / cheese cracker packs
- Gift Cards: $10 – $25 to grocery stores for clients who have medical or special dietary needs
- Baby Food: Baby formula and food. Must be in complete, undamaged original packaging. No individual serving glass or plastic containers unless in an unopened case.
- Non-food Items: Diapers, wipes, toilet paper, toiletries (soap, shampoo, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene items, etc.). Must be unopened and stored separate from food donations.
- NO Mouthwash or anything with alcohol