Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by Neev Goldkin
Baxter Restoration recently joined forces with Dorado Aqua Cops to make repairs and secure the food pantry facility located on the campus of Pine Crest Elementary School in Sanford, Florida. The project was facilitated by the non-profit organization, Bring Change, whose goal is to connect resources, facilitate programs, and fund transitional housing to bring change to the lives of the homeless in Seminole County.
Baxter Restoration donated all materials needed to get the facility ready for the 2012-2013 school year including plywood used to secure all exterior windows, fluorescent lights, and paint. While Dorado Aqua Cops provided all of the labor. Jesse Walsh, Executive Director of Bring Change, shared that, “Bring Change is so appreciative of the generous donation from Baxter Restoration and Dorado Aqua Cops for the time and services needed to get the Pine Crest Food Pantry up and running. Their donation will benefit close to 100 families and we are grateful for their partnership.”
Food pantries have been established at several area high-need schools throughout Central Florida to serve as a secure place to store food supply donations that are distributed weekly to those families in need. Currently, there are 1,800 students in Seminole County who qualify to receive the donations; up from 1,700 at the end of the previous school year. The new food pantry at Pine Crest Elementary School will provide for 97 homeless families; the highest number in Seminole County.
Students receive backpacks full of food to take home on Friday each week, to ensure the children are fed during the weekend. Dave Baxter, President of Baxter Restoration, commented, “The numbers are staggering and growing each day. Baxter Restoration is proud to be a part of a project that assists so many children in need who reside where we live and work and go about our daily lives.”