Nicole Hood, a volunteer for Meals of Hope, the largest food pantry provider in Southwest Florida, was honored by the Collier-Lee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the 2019 National Philanthropy Day celebration.
Hood was recognized among a group of Distinguished Fundraising Volunteers from local nonprofit organizations.
“Nicole’s spirit of service embodies Meals of Hope’s mission to end hunger in our community. Not only has Nicole volunteered by helping those in need at Meals of Hope’s food pantries four times a week since 2014, she purchases food on her own to share with people living in Naples’ HUD and Section 8 housing,” said Meals of Hope President and CEO, Steve Popper. “Nicole’s selfless dedication to teamwork and serving others is an inspiration to us all."
Meals of Hope provides a total of 14 food pantries – including seven mobile pantries – throughout Collier and Lee Counties to distribute fresh and nutritious food to approximately 1,000 families each week. Additional services and summer meal programs serve more than 10,000 Southwest Florida residents each month.
With the help of more than 25,000 volunteers, Meals of Hope packed 8.5 million meals in 2018 at events in Southwest Florida and throughout the United States.
As a partner agency with the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Meals of Hope distributes more than 2 million pounds of food each year as it fulfills its mission of inspiring and empowering communities to come together to end hunger. Established in 2007, Meals of Hope is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization.
To learn more, visit www.mealsofhope.org or call 239-537-7775.