The founder of the Poverello Center Food Bank, Father William Collins, will be honored on Tuesday, June 8 by the City Of Wilton Manors. The proclamation signed by Mayor Gary Resnick and city commission members will honor Father Collins for his dedication and 50 years of service as a Fran- ciscan priest.
The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall and is open to the public. This will be the first in a series of proclamations honoring Father Collins during the month of June.
“I am deeply honored by this recognition of the City of Wilton Manors. I am also so honored to have worked around so many of the volunteers and staff within the organization at the Poverello Food Bank,” states Father Collins.
More than 23 years ago, while serving as chaplain at Imperial Medical Center, Father Collins came to know and minister to patients with the HIV/AIDS virus. The number of patients with this little known disease was ever- increasing, and “Father Bill,” as he is lovingly called by the community, came to realize the hardships that these people were forced to endure. Most were abandoned by their families, friends, and life partners. As a result, the Poverello Center Food Bank was created.
Since those humble beginnings, the center has served over 12,000 clients and provided enough food for over 1,000,000 meals.