On July 16, St. Matthew’s House and Midwest Food Bank provided food relief to 861 families in the Dunbar community in Lee County. The distribution site is at the Mount Olive AME Church, and will continue every Thursday, from 4-7 p.m., for the foreseeable future.
The Lee County program is made possible by a partnership developed and financially supported by Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s Epsilon Nu Boule Foundation with St. Matthew’s House, Midwest Food Bank and Mount Olive AME Church. The program mission is to expand food distribution support for the growing number of Lee County families suffering from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.
Last week in Collier County, St. Matthew’s House provided food distribution to 625 families at their Tuesday distribution site at Golden Gate High School. Another 856 families were served at their Thursday distribution site at First Baptist Church in Naples. These food distribution programs are made possible with the support of Midwest Food Bank and other St. Matthew’s House community partners.
“Last week alone, these three food distributions provided food relief to an astounding total of 2,342 Southwest Florida families in need,” says St. Matthew’s House COO Steve Brooder. “St. Matthew’s House will remain on the front lines of this growing challenge to the health, safety and financial stability of so many of our neighbors. However, we could not sustain this mission without our partnerships with our community’s other caring organizations, our individual donors and dedicated volunteers.”
Midwest Food Bank Executive Director Karl Steidinger notes, "Organizations working together is a key component to the strength of our community. Midwest Food Bank is privileged to provide the food needed for the distributions organized by St. Matthew's House."
St. Matthew’s House is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For information or to make a donation, visit STmatthewshouse.org or call (239) 774-0500.