CCFTL Food Outreach with Riverside Church

CCFTL Food Outreach with Riverside Church
CCFTL Food Outreach with Riverside Church

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Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Partners with Churches and Local Organizations to Feed Struggling Families

Story by Sean Labar
Photos by Seth Kurkowski

Since April, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale has partnered with the City of Fort Lauderdale, Feeding South Florida (a local non-profit organization that provides meals for those in need), and other local churches to pass out food for more than 1,000 people on designated days throughout each month.

“Cars pass through our parking lot, trunks open, ready to receive provisions for their basic needs,” said Stephanie Gunderson, director of outreach ministry at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.

In early December, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale joined Riverside Church for the latest installment of the initiative, aimed at helping South Floridians who are struggling to make ends meet during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Apple box

Volunteers pack up boxes with fruit, milk, and other goods for distribution. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, FL, joined with other churches in the city to provide for families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in April.


Cars in line

Tiffany Lee (left) and other volunteers load up food boxes in the vehicles.


Girls organizing food

Johnny Falzon (left), Cindy Philipe (center), and others unload food and prepare it for packaging.


Girls packing boxes

Volunteers fill up boxes in the production line.


Group packing bags

Volunteers fill up bags with sweet potatoes for distribution.


Man puts box in trunk

Junior Adir and others load up food boxes in trunks.


Men carrying boxes of oranges

Volunteers load up boxes filled with oranges into trunks.


Men carrying boxes to car

The boxes are filled with healthy staples to help the Fort Lauderdale community.


Men packing oranges

Volunteers add oranges to boxes that will help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sorting boxes

Sebastian Gallo and another volunteer get boxes ready for distribution.


Lady with leaf farm boxes

Fresh okra was added to the food boxes.


Man and boy sort boxes

Volunteers stand by to pass out boxes of food.


Scott Lillico gives instructions

Scott Lillico (center) gives instructions to the car loading team.


Women packing bags

Rhona Fernandez, Helen Ramasooj, and Tiffany Lee are among many filling up bags with food.


Women packing boxes

Linda Wittenmeyer (left) and other volunteers fill up boxes with food.


Women packing leaf farm boxes

Volunteers fill up bags with okras for distribution.


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