Community organizations and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity team up to feed more struggling families across SWFL

New food distribution effort to feed more SWFL families
Posted at 11:55 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 11:55:43-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — St. Matthew’s House, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s Epsilon Nu Boule Foundation, Mount Olive AME Church, and Midwest Food Bank are teaming up to reach more families across Southwest Florida struggling with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

This Thursday, they kick off a new food distribution effort at Mount Olive AME Church in Fort Myers from 4-7 p.m.

This distribution drive-thru repeats every Thursday during the same time at 2754 Orange Street.

The new Lee County resource is funded by Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s Epsilon Nu Boule Foundation, who initially reached out to St. Matthew's House in hopes to help local families.

“The Foundation recognized the need to help families struggling to get through this difficult time by supporting programs for food distribution. Mount Olive AME Church already has a program so our goal was to expand their existing program in order to assist more families, especially in the Dunbar community. The Foundation reached out to St. Matthew’s House because of their outstanding program in Collier County. We are extremely excited about this intentional outreach," said Jason Cannon, Epsilon Nu Boule Foundation Board Trustee.

Thursday is shaping up to be the largest distribution day in St. Matthew's House history.

“Through this caring partnership, we are able to provide food relief to our neighbors in need in Lee County. The need is great and growing throughout Southwest Florida. So many have lost jobs and income during these extraordinarily challenging times. Sadly, the number of those needing help continues to grow and likely will for some time," said Vann Ellison, CEO of St. Matthew's House.

Shelf-stable food and some local produce will also being distributed to families at First Baptist Church Naples on Orange Blossom Drive this afternoon.

For more information on Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, click here.

To learn more about St. Matthew's House, click here.

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