Gulfport Senior Center Pantry Gets Refilled

Gulfport Senior Center Pantry Gets Refilled

Elizabeth Brown-Worthington asked all who attended her birthday party to bring a canned good. Her father, Lou Worthington, and her uncle, Bob Worthington, unloaded the wagon of food at the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center.

Once again, Elizabeth Brown-Worthington has stuffed the food pantry at the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center. Every year the Boca Ciega High freshman, whose mother currently serves as Gulfport’s Ward Two Councilwoman-elect, asks adults attending her fish fry birthday party to bring dry goods for the Senior Center instead of a gift.

In addition to the food donated, one couple dropped off a $100 donation for the pantry when they attended the young Ms. Brown-Worthington’s annual party. At her party, her father, Lou Worthington, and his brother, Bob Worthington, fry mullet for all who attend. The only requirement for getting in the door? Bring a non-perishable food item for the pantry.

According to her mother, Christine, her daughter started the tradition six years ago, on her ninth birthday. Although Ms. Brown had suggested the idea before, by her ninth year Ms.  Brown-Worthington warmed up to it on her own.

The food pantry serves low-income Gulfportians who are at least 50 years of age. Anyone may drop off donations during regular business hours. For more information on how to help the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center, please call 893-2237. The Senior Center opens its doors to all people, although seniors get priority spots in all programs.

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