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Harry Chapin Mobile Pantry to make two more stops on beach

November 21, 2018
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Harry Chapin Mobile Pantry will make two more stops on Fort Myers Beach to help those still getting their feet under them following the water crisis that began impacting the area earlier this summer.

The Harry Chapin Mobile Food Pantry has distributed 45,312 pounds of food on Fort Myers Beach since the end of August. As of Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1,146 families have been served, some of which have been to the pantry more than once.

According to Programs Outreach Manager Louise Bain the need on the beach is still there because while people are working a more consistent schedule with more hours, they are still having to make up for the downturn that occurred when they were only working a few hours a week, if at all.

Fort Myers Beach Chamber President Jacki Liszak said a lot of the money that is being made now is going towards back bills, leaving them scampering by with food.

"There is definitely a lot of catching up going on," she said. "The need is still there, absolutely still there."

There are two more Mobile Food Bank dates scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 28, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 1510 Estero Blvd.

Liszak said they are in need of volunteers for both of those dates. Those interested are encouraged to call the Chamber at (239) 454-7500.

She said they will see how the numbers pan out on Dec. 12, but she feels the community should be good by then. Liszak said if not, people should have received information on assistance they can receive beyond the mobile pantry on the beach.

The Mobile Pantry began Aug. 24 on Fort Myers Beach after the area was affected by the toxic blue-green algae and red tide outbreak. The pantry returned to the beach every Wednesday with the capability of serving up to 250 households. Clients received 35 to 40 pounds of a variety of food.



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