As temperatures rise heading into the summer months, the demand for food increases at food pantries such as those operated by Lake Worth-based C.R.O.S. Ministries.
By this time of year, seasonal residents who donate to food pantries during the winter season have left South Florida. Children used to getting square meals at school no longer get them after schools are shuttered for the summer break in early June.
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C.R.O.S. Ministries food pantries
Lake Worth: At Adopt-A-Family, 1712 Second Avenue N., just west of A Street. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Jupiter: At Neighborhood Resource Center, 106 Military Trail. (Southwest corner of Military Trail and Indiantown Road) Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.
Riviera Beach: The Port Center, 2051 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Delray Beach: At the Neighborhood Resource Center, 141 S.W. 12th Ave. Hours: Noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.
Belle Glade: At Community United Methodist Church, 401 S.W. First St. Hours: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Indiantown: At the Evangelical Haitian Church of the Nazarene, 15369 S.W. 153rd St. Hours: 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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Donations: Donors can can drop off food at any of the C.R.O.S. food pantries when they’re open. Staples needed include mostly nonperisable food such as canned meats, canned tuna fish, canned fruits and vegetables, powdered milk, rice, beans, pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, cereal, oatmeal, instant mashed potatoes and baby food. Some fresh produce and frozen food can be accepted. Disposable diapers also are needed.