Office Depot and Kite Realty have partnered to make a temporary donation of warehouse space to St. Matthew’s House to provide needed space for storage, sorting and packaging of food donations to help the growing numbers of those suffering from food insecurity as a result of job losses and other factors related to COVID-19. The warehouse is located in the Courthouse Shadows Shopping Center. It will be available to St. Matthew’s House until August. Weekly food distribution will continue on Tuesday and Thursday at First Baptist Church at 3000 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples.
According to St. Matthew’s House President and CEO Vann Ellison, “Because of the economic impact of COVID-19, we are experiencing a massive increase in the need for food assistance. Our Thursday food distribution program previously served 30 to 70 families weekly. Now, we are serving between 1,500 and 2,000 families each week. To accommodate this great need, we have increased distribution days to Tuesday and Thursday. We are deeply grateful to Office Depot and Kite Realty for facilitating the temporary loan of warehouse space. We hope that another generous donor will make warehouse space available starting in August when the Office Depot space is no longer available to us.”
For 32 years, St. Matthew’s House has provided food, shelter and comfort to those struggling with poverty, food insecurity and homelessness. St. Matthew’s House is the only emergency homeless shelter in Collier County, sheltering more than 300 men, women and children every night, and providing more than 500,000 meals each year to those in need.
Donations of canned goods and food staples such as rice, beans, pasta and other basics are needed. Monetary donations and donations of gently used furnishings, housewares and clothing for St. Matthew’s House thrift stores also are welcome. Curbside drop off is available at all St. Matthew’s House Thrift Store locations in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Immokalee. Thrift Store hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. Matthew’s House is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that does not solicit government funding. For information, visit STmatthewshouse.org or call (239) 774-0500.