Uncategorized May 26, 2020

Tina Herrell – The “Food to Go Program”


Tina Herrell, one of RE/MAX Metro’s top agents, is known for her efforts in the St. Petersburg community. Recently, Tina has become an active participant in the “Food to Go Program.” Here’s what she told us about her work in the community: 


On Thursday nights Our Savior Lutheran Church displays Living Love by giving families a hot meal and a bag of groceries between the hour of 5:00 – 6:00.  In each bag of groceries there is enough food for a family of four for 3 meals.  We try and pack with a theme each week.  We ask that families pull up in their car and pop the trunk.  We hand them a hot yummy meal which is prepared with love by church volunteers and then we place a bag of groceries in their trunk.  The bag’s theme this week is hot dogs, so the family will receive a package of hot dogs, hotdog buns, several boxes of macaroni and cheese, baked beans, two cans of veggies, breakfast items and a loaf of bread and peanut butter for lunch the following day.



We have had so many people in the community step up and help.  It may be to help cook in the kitchen, donate gift cards to hand out, or simply deliver food to the church.  At the beginning when Tony and I started we did not have one can of veggies.  Try and buy more than one pound of pasta or a loaf of bread.  Each store rationed their food, and to create 50 bags took some creativity.  We asked our close friends to go shopping and get what they could and on Wednesdays drop it off at our home by entering the side gate.  They placed the bags on the outdoor kitchen bar and in return we would share a drink and a quick fellowship moment.  It was beyond humbling to see all these people step up in a big way when needed.  We even had several sets of my Buyers donate checks from out of state, and Stonesthrow collected almost 3 truckloads of food.


To date we have served just under 1,000 meals and fed groceries to as many people.  We plan on continuing this through May and see where this takes us.  The need was very strong in the beginning. However, as stimulus checks and unemployment checks trickle in and things slowly start to open back up the need is slowing down just a bit.





We find people to serve through Facebook within the church and word of mouth.  They must call and register for the “Food to Go Program”.  They will visit with me for a bit and we have had a chance to get to know several people in the community pretty well.  This hit hard for many, many families.  One particular family both the husband and the wife lost their hospitality jobs and they have three kids and a disabled father living with them.  The gratitude they shared was overwhelming and a gift within itself.  I stand in awe of how God works through all of us.  It truly does take a Village in times like this.