The Harry Chapin Meals Financial institution is again in Lehigh Acres, the place lots of of households will line up for its cellular pantry on Saturday.
Strains at meals banks have lengthened because of inflation.
When Harry Chapin supplies these households with meals, it permits them to spend their cash elsewhere, be it gasoline, vehicles or payments, and in some circumstances, even their drugs.
The Harry Chapin Meals Financial institution used to serve about 250,000 folks every month, however is now trending in direction of 300,000.
They serve 600 households on the Lehigh Acres distribution web site alone which has been on Tuesdays on the Copperhead Golf Course for years however as of this week is completely closed.
So Harry Chapin is briefly transferring distribution about 5 miles away to Harns Masch Excessive College, at 1820 Unice Avenue North, to make sure individuals who depend upon them nonetheless have a spot to choose up meals.
“We’re that security web in our neighborhood that they’ll belief a spot to go to get that meals,” mentioned Ryan Uhler, director of selling and communications for the Harry Chapin Meals Financial institution. “It is heartwarming in that respect, however I am going to inform you, it is heartbreaking to know there is a want on the market.”
For some like José Varona, every part is dear.
“It is horrible,” Varona mentioned. “I do not see any enchancment. However hopefully, we now have this place that helps us.”
Drive-through distribution begins at 10 am at Harns Marsh Excessive College, 1820 Unice Avenue North.