Countryside Cares maintains the food pantry, Helping Hands as an outreach service to those in need. The program encourages and provides homeless and low-income families with the tools needed to become independent and productive members of the community.

Access to provisions

Food & Clothing from the pantry is offered to:

  • Individuals and needy families
  • Clients receiving Life Skills coaching who need assistance
  • Individuals referred from partnering service providers
  • Past clients who need further assistance

Made possible

Helping Hands is stocked with donations from individuals and groups throughout the community and local food drives.  Without this help, our shelves would be bare.

Items needed

Please consider donating non-perishable items to our Food Pantry today. Items needed are the same products you might have in your home pantry.  Items commonly requested include:

  • Boxed easy meals
  • Cereals
  • Coffee
  • Diapers
  • Fruit (canned)
  • Jelly
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Pasta (boxed)
  • Pastas (canned)
  • Peanut butter
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Tuna/meat (canned)
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Aluminum foil, waxed paper, plastic wrap
  • Paper products
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Gift certificates to local groceries are accepted to purchase fresh produce, meats, and dairy.

Where do I drop off my donation?

The Helping Hands food pantry is located at 2565 Blackburn Street, Clearwater FL 33767. Look for the Helping Hands sign on the building.

How can I organize a food drive?

If you are interested in coordinating a food drive, please contact Naomi Powell via phone at 727-799-1618 ext. 1201 or at npowell@countryside.cc before finalizing your efforts.  You will be provided with the latest information on needed items and other groups who might be planning similar drives.

Life Skills Development

We offer Life Skills development to individuals continually using Helping Hands food pantry. Life Skills coaching gives confidence to clients to increase income, go back to school, find stable housing, manage finances, become better parents, and realize their dreams instead of being overwhelmed by hopelessness.  We advise a sustainable path towards creating self-sufficiency. The program is designed to help individuals and families transition out of poverty and inspire communities to participate in finding long-term solutions to poverty.