BABY PANTRY

Mandarin Lutheran Church is committed to joyfully serving not just our congregation, but our community as well. 

The goal of the MLC Baby Pantry is to supply local families in need with baby care items, including diapers, wipes, bath needs, rash cream, ointments, and gently used clothing, at no cost to parents in the Jacksonville area.

How the Baby Pantry Works:

  • The baby pantry is open on the first and third Sunday of each month from 10 am-12 pm.
  • Availability of items is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Bring proof of residency (driver’s license, rental agreement, or mortgage statement), as well as proof that the child you are  receiving supplies for is your child (birth certificate) or in your care.
  • Need is on the honor system. We are not asking for proof of income but do ask only that you help us to help as many people as possible.

How You Can Help the Baby Pantry:

If you would like to support the Mandarin Lutheran Church Baby Pantry you may do so by dropping off donations of diapers, baby wipes, bath needs, rash cream, ointments, and gently used clothing at the church between 9 am and 2 pm, Monday-Thursday

To arrange a pick-up, please call (904) 268-4591 or send us an e-mail.

Community Resources

The MLC Baby Pantry’s focus is on supplying families in need with items that they are unable to purchase using WIC or EBT benefits.

If you are in need of financial assistance, formula, food, pregnancy testing or other prenatal needs, these local organizations may be able to help:

Food:

Lutheran Social Services- Food pantry and backpack food program

Mandarin Food Bank– Emergency food and clothing for those in need in Mandarin

Jewish Family and Community Services Food Pantry– On-site food pantry on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 pm-3 pm

United Community Outreach Ministry– Food pantry Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-12:30pm

Maternity and Baby Needs:

Cribs for Kids– National organization helping parents access safe cribs

First Coast Women’s Services– Offers a variety of services to pregnant women in need.

Early Learning Coalition of Jacksonville– Assists parents with child-care vouchers

WIC Florida– Assists parents with free formula and infant food

Housing and Financial Assistance

The Inn Ministry– Safe housing for pre- and postpartum mothers in crisis.

United Way of NE Florida– Emergency Rent Assistance

NE Florida Community Action Agency– Utility assistance

Downtown Ecumenical Services– Provides financial assistance

Hours and Location

Mandarin Lutheran Church

11900 San Jose Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL 32223

(904) 268-4591

Donations may be dropped off Monday through Thursday between 9 am and 2 pm.

The MLC Baby Pantry will be open to the community on the first and third Sunday of each month. Please see our calendar for more information and other events at Mandarin Lutheran Church.