The Family & Emergency Services (FES) program was established to provide immediate emergency assistance and relief to families and individuals who are faced with an unexpected financial crisis. The primary goal of FES is to help families maintain their residence and prevent them from being forced into homelessness. At the onset of an emergency, FES is available to offer direct immediate assistance in the form of financial assistance, food, clothing or other services that meet immediate pressing needs. FES works with individuals in a comfortable case-by-case basis to help develop a sustainable action plan aimed at improving the long term situation of families.
FES operates out of all three Christian Service Center locations in Downtown Orlando, West Orange and Winter Park.
The Daily Bread program was established with a goal that no person in Central Florida struggle with hunger. Through Daily Bread, anyone who is hungry can eat for free, no questions asked. Daily Bread provides a nourishing noontime meal for families and individuals who are hungry six days every week at no cost to the consumer. In 2014, Daily Bread served its four millionth meal to the Central Florida community.
Daily Bread kitchens are located at the Christian Service Center’s Downtown Orlando and West Orange locations.
The Love Pantry program started in 2011 to provide struggling families with an emergency food supply directly through the schools. Focusing on removing hunger as a barrier to learning of school-aged children, the goal is two-fold: to meet the immediate need of food for the students and their families, and to move the families to a longer term solution.
How the Love Pantry Program works: Participating schools are provided with a cabinet stocked with multiples of 31 of the most common food and hygiene items, plus community resource information that is restocked weekly by volunteers. In 2014-2015 school year The Love Pantry expanded into 65 Orange County Public Schools and Seminole County Public Schools, helping over 22,000 household members in Central Florida.