College Staff Gives Back at the Free Clinic

Photo of volunteers at the St. Pete Free Clinic

Last February, volunteers from St. Petersburg College kicked off 2017 by packing enough weekend lunches for 800 kids in need. Near the close of the year in December, volunteers returned to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic to make a difference again.

Being part of the community by helping our community

On Friday, December 1, volunteers sorted through 3,000 pounds of food to ensure freshness. The food is part of the clinic’s food bank program that helps more than 60,000 families in need every month. From packed lunches for kids to take home on the weekends, to providing a monthly food parcel to Tampa Bay seniors, volunteers at the Free Clinic are making a big difference.

The 18 volunteers made quick work sorting the stack of dry and canned goods. One volunteer was Tonya Williams, an accessibility coordinator at St. Petersburg College.

“They said it was three thousand pounds, but it didn’t feel like it. It was just fun helping the community.”

People need the Free Clinic’s help this holiday season.

In Pinellas County, 150,000 people were hungry or food insecure. One in four are children.  The St. Petersburg Free Clinic, almost entirely run by volunteers and two full-time staff members, offers food, shelter and health care to needy community members. They also offer resume assistance, and they provide loaner bikes and bus passes for those just starting a new job.

When the volunteers finished sorting, they took a tour of the clinic food bank, led by the Clinic’s Program Assistant Monica Brimm.

There are many ways to get involved with the Clinic:

  • Volunteer
  • Spread the Word
  • Host a Food Drive
  • Pledge Your Birthday
  • Become a Helping Hand
  • Donate Funds
  • Give Food

Check the website for details on how you can contribute any of the above actions. You can also connect with the Clinic on or

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