Kitchen Program Pan de Vida was born from seeing the need that exists in Immokalee, Florida, where no organization gives attention to homebound elderly or disabled farmworkers.
Pan de Vida started in November 2019 as the first service of its kind in the community. We are a program that cooks and delivers three healthy meals every week to any farmworker in our area who is a senior or who is homebound as the result of age, disability, or illness. The service is primarily for farmworkers, but we consider all applications and no homebound individual is ever denied service.
Pan de Vida provides many “extra” items to our recipients such as special meals during the holidays, Christmas gifts, birthday bag filled with items in recognition of their special day, birthday cakes, birthday fruit baskets for diabetics, fresh vegetables from Misión Peniel’s garden, and bags with personal hygiene items, just to name a few. We do this because we understand that our volunteers are often the only human interaction our client may have during their homebound time, and the extra items we send help make their lives easier and their lonely days brighter. For most of our recipients, these are the only gifts they will receive during the holidays or birthdays making them more special.
Every week we receive many thanks from our recipients so excited about the food, the fresh vegetables, and the extra items. Our clients enjoyed them all!
Thank you to everyone who supports Misión Peniel who makes all this possible; because Misión Peniel is the founder and overseer of Kitchen Program Pan de Vida. Thank you for helping to develop this new program and make a tremendous difference in so many lives.
Pan de Vida Coordinator
Editor’s Note: Pan de Vida has been funded through a generous grant from the Saint Michael and All Saints Episcopal Church in Sanibel, Florida. We are grateful for their support in getting this important ministry outreach started in the farmworker community of Immokalee.
Antonia Benjamin, receiving a special meal and a gift on her Birthday.
André was one of our first clients.
He has diabetes and can no longer cook for
himself. Recently, his toe needed to be amputated.