Friday Food Bank

Food Bank

Corky Arthur's Dream and Legacy

In 1993 Corky Arthur, a beloved servant of Christ and dedicated member of TUMC, saw a need to provide food for people who were desperately in need of help. He started, with his family, to prepare food and go to various places he had discovered that the homeless gathered. Corky discovered quickly that he would need financial assistance to continue his ministry. He formed Tuskawilla Shepherds, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and started seeking partnerships in the community, including businesses, civic clubs, and private individuals, to join this incredible mission and ministry.

When Corky passed away, his family took over and kept this vital service and ministry going. His son, Harry Arthur, is President of Tuskawilla Shepherds, Inc. and all the children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and sons and daughters in law are actively involved in this ministry.

Tuskawilla Shepherds in partnership with Tuskawilla United Methodist Church has served over 1 million meals (and counting!) to persons experiencing homelessness and food insecurities, including chronically hungry children in many of our area Seminole County Schools.

Friday Afternoon Food Bank

On the Second and Fourth Fridays of each month TUMC hosts the Friday Afternoon Food Bank in partnership with Tuskawilla Shepherds.

Since its inception the Friday Afternoon Food Bank has grown and expanded to serve many needy families. We are staffed by 40+ volunteers who are on hand each time we are open to receive, display, and serve the food we distribute to an average of 350 families each serving.

Recipients of the Friday Afternoon Food Bank must be residents of Seminole County, Florida. Registration for the Friday Afternoon Food Bank occurs on Food Bank Fridays at Tuskawilla UMC. Two forms of identification—one photo ID and a secondary form that includes your name and address, such as a utility bill—are required to complete Recipient Registration.

On Food Bank Fridays we take delivery of our food at 12 p.m. Registration of recipients begins at 2:00 p.m. and we serve from 2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. At each serving we distribute approximately 14,000 pounds of food to 350+ families.

The Friday Afternoon Food Bank will serve on the following dates in 2017:

January 13 and 27
February 10 and 24
March 10 and 24
April 14 and 28
May 12 and 26
June 9 and 23
July 14 and 28
August 11 and 25
September 8 and 22
October 13 and 27
November 10
December 8

Red Bag Program
“Fill A Bag—Feed A Child.
Stop Childhood Hunger”

Did you know that there are approximately 1800 homeless students attending schools in Seminole County? It is not advertised nearly enough, but it is a fact. These students live in motels, shared housing, some in shelters and some anywhere they can find shelter. Over half of them are in elementary school.

The Red Bag Program is designed to help feed these children on weekends, when some of them do not have or receive very much to eat. The schools provide breakfast and lunch when they are at school, but times are tough for some, especially during the weekends and holidays. It is not unusual for a child to come to school on Monday and say they have not had food since lunch the previous Friday.

Each school in Seminole County has a food pantry so children can take a backpack home with them with non-perishable foods to eat over the weekend.

At times the Friday Afternoon Food Bank receives special grants—from local businesses, non-profits, and even from players of the Orlando Magic!—to purchase extra food to support the school’s food pantries. We strongly believe that no child should suffer from hunger and are thankful for the opportunity to provide food for hungry children, to whom, Jesus says, the Kingdom belongs.


Jesus with the Children