TEXT FROM A 55 YEAR OLD WE SERVED - October 2014
"Eight years ago, if you were to ask me, “Who are you? What do you do?” I would have proudly stated, “I am ‘Ms. Patricia Smith’ banker.”
Ask me this question now I will say, “I’m ‘Pat’ and I am looking for work.”
My significant other and I have four children to feed, clothe and house. Their care is more important than my status.
Fighting for food is degrading and demoralizing to say the least. One must deal with the impersonal nature of our government “help” or the “You’re just a poor sinner” attitudes from certain faith-based resources.
One begins to lose hope, lose one’s own faith and then, then a light.
A light that says we don’t care who you love, what work you’ve done, or where you live.
It says there is no shame in having, wanting, needing food for your family.
We have it, just come. How grateful I am to drop the weight of the shame of not being able to feed my family.
All because of a light, a light called Kind Mouse."
Thank you GFWC North Pinellas Women's Club for awarding The Kind Mouse with your Community Grant for 2016!
We help people who have experienced career loss to restore their dignity and reestablish their lives.
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"Thank you Kind Mouse for all of the food and everything else as well. Thank you for helping us get through this mess and struggle that we are in.
- 13yr Old Girl -
As an architectural draftsman, our founder, Gina, saw the decline of the secure, blue collar, middle class family. These are good, hardworking people who lost everything due to a combination of things: the economy, lack of knowledge on where to turn for help, and their fear of being seen as failures.
After seeing the 2011 CBS 60 Minutes Story “Hard Times Generation: Homeless Kids”, she just knew she had to help her neighbors. She could not turn her back on the sad situation. She could not bear to think of the families – some of whom were former coworkers and neighbors – that were now hungry and, in some cases, homeless. The mother in her couldn’t imagine not being able to feed her children or not knowing they had a safe place to call home.
Nonperishable food is provided each and every weekend to the “hungriest of the hungry” students in the Tampa Bay area. This is a confidential program, where we feed regularly 250 students on average, but up to 400 over the summer.
A 90 Day Program for hardworking individuals and families affected by the economy. Food, Houseware and Pet Supplies Provided. Families come to our pantry to "shop". Most families do not stay in the program for the 90 days for once they realize they can feed their families, they are able to clear their heads and find some sort of employment.
A program designed for hungry students today in conjunction with Pinellas County School Board (PCSB). A counselor will determine their needs and come to our location that same day. We provide 9 meals for each child in the family. There are 2 locations – our pantry and Bayside High School in Clearwater, FL.
A PCSB program piggy backed on Jane's Pantry to assist the homeless student population with food immediately.
A program designed to sustain The Kind Mouse in years to come. A club of 5-12 year olds who will become the “Voice of The Children.” We are teaching them nonprofit community serviced based entrepreneurship. They have their own board, with meetings. They run events, pack Mouse Nibbles and run their own food drives. It is our hope they will teach children of less advantages in life, that they too can have a brighter future. Parental involvement is mandatory.
Our mission is to assist families in transition and their chronically hungry children. No hardworking individual should ever feel despair due to economic hardships beyond their control. Everyone has a right to feel safe and secure in their own homes, and no one should ever go hungry.
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