The Hope Ministries Food Pantry initially began with just a few bags of groceries out of the First Baptist Church of Bushnell's church office. As the need increased, it quickly became apparent to us, that a new space was paramount.
In 2010, during the great economic decline, we started distributing food on a much larger scale, in a shopping center space that was donated in Bushnell. With the larger facility, we were able to help many more families in the community.
The requirement for food continued to grow exponentially. Therefore, in July of 2012, we moved to our current leased space where we now serve approximately 200-250 families at every distribution.
In the Spring of 2013, we purchased 9.2 acres of the adjoining property to be used for the future expansion of Hope Ministries.
The Hope Ministries Food Pantry is a supplemental food bank that distributes food twice a month. Distribution is done on both the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, from 9:00am-12:00pm. For information on eligibility, please click on the green "Eligibility Requirements" button above.
Food distribution is limited to residents of south Sumter County. Hope Ministries assists all residents living in the following south Sumter County cities:
> Center Hill
> Lake Panasoffkee
> St. Catherine
Hope Ministries works with both the United Way of Lake & Sumter and Feeding America Tampa Bay to help meet the needs of the community.
We are also a sub-distributor of TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) USDA food. Therefore, part of the food recieved at each distribution is provided through TEFAP. For more information about this program, please visit:
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.
To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(202) 690-7442; or email: .
To request more information:
Contact the Hope Ministries Center
Wed. - Fri. 9am - 5pm
You can also request more information with this form:
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