Winter Haven teen establishes food pantry for community

Mia’s Food Pantry was established by Kamia Campbell at the age of 14. Kamia, now 17, continues to maintain her ministry. Mia’s Pantry is housed at her church, Hurst Chapel A.M.E. in Winter Haven. Mia, as she is affectionately called, stated, “While volunteering at Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church’s food pantry, I was inspired to establish this kind of ministry in the community due to poverty and malnutrition among the people.” So, after discussing it with her mother, Katina Campbell, and much praying, the pan- try was established. Mia’s Pantry is a non-profit organization whose mis- sion is to assist in eliminating hunger. Her slogan, “Give where you live,” has inspired folks in the com- munity and church to donate. However, donations are not as prevalent as she would like. She says her mother is her biggest donor. Mia also organized a Hurricane Florence relief project through her church. About 30 boxes containing food, clothing, hygiene items, backpacks and shoes were sent to St. Stephen A.M.E. Church in Wilmington, N.C. Mia will continue her ministry after graduating. 

Mia Campbell (above) preparing to distribute food bags to community members in need.

She is a senior at the Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society. Mia will attend Bethune-Cookman University upon graduating. Kamia Campbell was raised by her mother and her grandmother, Otelio McGordon, a member of Hurst Chapel’s Lay Organization. 

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