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Food bank opened to help people dealing with water crisis

Posted at 7:53 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 11:00:11-04

Friday morning, the Harry Chapin Food Bank lent a helping hand to families hit hard by the water crisis.

Volunteers set up an emergency mobile food bank at the Pine Island United Methodist Church in Bokeelia. 

Mel Meo, a local artist, says her business has been struggling.

“My art business is probably down 50% because of course, it's a luxury item according to most people. So, that's the first thing to go,” said Meo.

This is the second emergency food pantry in Lee County. Last month, the food bank opened one at First Myers Beach where it distributed food to more than 600 families.

Harry Chapin CEO Richard LeBer said he’s heard many stories about employees who have been laid off and business owners struggling to make ends meet. He said he’s glad the food bank can help.

“When we see people struggling like that, we like to come out and do what we can with the food bank and make sure people have food to put on the table,” said LeBer.

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The emergency mobile pantry on Fort Myers Beach will continue every Wednesday from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. For more information, you can visit the Harry Chapin Food Bank website.