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March 31, 2020
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In the midst of this global pandemic and need for all to do their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, we at Misión Peniel are striving to what we can while meeting the needs of our farmworker community. The only activities currently happening at the mission are the Friday food pantry distribution and our most recently added ministry, Pan De Vida , which is featured in the article below this one. We have suspended all midweek fellowship groups and the distribution of hot meals, clothing and other commodities until we are through this challenging time. We have also cancelled all church groups who sign up to volunteer with the Friday serving through April. We will revisit the possibility of restarting "normal practices" at the end of the month and in line with all CDC recommendations.
Our Friday distribution numbers continue to increase, as basic and nutritious food staples are increasingly scarce and overpriced in Immokalee. We have been distributing 460-520 bags of fresh produce and available pantry items over the past few weeks, thanks to our food partnerships with Cultivate Abundance , Midwest and Harry Chapin Food Banks. We have also partnered with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to distribute hygiene kits that contain soap, hand sanitizer, gloves, face mask, tissues and information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Spanish, English and Creole. We thank God for all of these partnerships, including our partnerships with churches and individuals! We will get through this! Your ongoing support through prayers, check ins and financial contributions are what sustains us! If you would like to make a donation at this time, please visit our website for additional information on making a donation. We thank you and continue to pray for your well being!

"If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday." - Isaiah 58:10

Celebrating Partnership,
Ruth DeYoe
Mission Coordinator
Pan de Vida
Meal Delivery for the Homebound Elderly and Disabled
Introducing a New Ministry led by Marifrans Estrada, Pan de Vida Coordinator
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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 of last year, 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. 
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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!
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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.

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. We are also happy to share that this program is continuing during these days of COVID-19 crisis, filling a vital need to some of the most vulnerable in Immokalee who were already living in isolation. 
-- Photos featuring children were taken prior to the outbreak of COVID-19. --
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"The world is not yet exhausted; let us see something today which we never saw before." --Samuel Johnson
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The ministry of Misión Peniel is dependent on donations from churches, individuals and other organizations. If you are able to give at this time, please visit our website's "Involvement" link. Thank you for the many ways you continue to offer your support!
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Misión Peniel
PO Box 1204
208 Boston Avenue 
Immokalee, FL 34143
Partnering with the farmworker community in Immokalee, Florida
Misión Peniel is a mission of the Peace River Presbytery in Southwest Florida and the Presbyterian Church, USA