DUE TO COVID, we have pivoted our programming to place an emphasis on grocery distribution. We feel that at this time, it is the most efficient use of our time, space and funding. We currently assist about 140 families per week at our onsite walk-up grocery distribution. In partnership with Second Harvest and local churches, we also facilitate monthly drive-up distributions offsite where we see over 300 families. In total, we are getting over 40,000 pounds of food into the community each month.


Picnic Project at the Neighborhood Co-Op

419 S. Park Ave., Sanford Florida

Fridays 10 a.m.-noon

Sundays 1 p.m.-3 p.m.



Before the pandemic, coming together around large tables with lots of friends was the centerpiece of our mission. It’s what we looked forward to each week. But things are different right now. Most of our meals are suspended for the foreseeable future. We hope to soon be back to our large gatherings on Sunday afternoons, as well as Grace n’ Grits Wednesday nights. Currently, we are offering take-away breakfast Saturday morning in conjunction with Grace n’ Grits.

Picnic Project at the Neighborhood Co-Op

419 S. Park Ave., Sanford Florida

Saturdays 8 a.m.-9 a.m.


DUE TO COVID, some of our other services have been suspended or scaled back.

Headed up for years by our dear friend Lisa Sebastiano, we are able to provide a selection of new and gently used clothing to those who could use it. We also provide children with backpacks and school supplies as needed, including an annual Back to School Day. We also partner with community partners for seasonal sock, coat and blanket drives. If you are interested in donating, find more information here.

In partnership with ECPI and the Seminole County Health Department, we are able to offer some health related services at our gatherings. These include free PPE’s (masks, sanitizer), screenings, first aid, referrals, flu shots, contraceptives, and more. In conjunction with Advent Health, we also provide healthy food by referral for out-patients who need assistance.

One of our favorite things to do, as well as something that speaks to our vision of community, is to host celebrations. We like to party. Lots of food, games and music. We have always hosted an annual Christmas event, since for many it can be a hard, lonely time – and we want to do our part to bring some joy. We also have annual Easter and Back To School events and celebrated birthdays. In addition to the happy times, we also memorialize more difficult times. We like to provide services when a member of our community passes away, so that their life is remembered and friends are allowed a space for their grief.

With our friends from Daytona State Cosmetology School, we are able to provide monthly haircuts at no charge. A fresh cut is useful for appearance and hygiene, but more importantly, it does wonders for self esteem.

We keep a small library stocked with books, games and puzzles for adults and children.

In cooperation with the Neighborhood Co-Op and First United Methodist Sanford, we are able to offer a mailing address to those who need a consistent street address to maintain contact with family and friends as well as receive information regarding benefits, assistance and insurance information.

The Picnic Project also maintains a selection of personal necessities, such as shaving razors, soap, shampoo & conditioner, sunscreen, insect repellant, feminine products, diapers (adult & child), toothbrushes & toothpaste, hand sanitizer and waterless soap. If you are interested in donating, find out more information here.