Residents of Golden Gate City live in a food desert. Major grocery chains remain outside this community, so many families rely on smaller local and ethnic food stores, which typically mark up costs and carry fewer fresh produce items. In the past year, Grace Place provided more than 350,000 pounds of food including dairy, meat, and produce, demonstrating the area’s desperate need for nourishment and health, which are essential for effective learning.
Since its opening in 2008, the Food Pantry has been providing a crucial service to the community and has become the largest distribution channel for the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Collier County. Food donations are needed every week and many individuals and groups contribute with food drives.