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Local restaurants and community gardens help feed families of Pine Manor

Restaurants and community garden help hard times in Pine Manor
Pine Manor community garden
Posted at 9:01 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 16:27:42-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — With Thanksgiving just around the corner, volunteers at the Pine Manor community center say their garden of fresh produce will feed a lot of hungry and hard-working families in Fort Myers.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the non-profit says they've provided more than 13,000 meals to struggling families.

On Thursday, around 20 local restaurants are welcoming people to dine in or take out in hopes to help. They plan to donate a portion of all sales to help the community and gardens of Pine Manor.

“Pine Manor is local, the people that are in need are local, the people that are looking for jobs are local, and the people that are helping this community are also local," said Bob Smith, Board Chair of Pine Manor Improvement Association.

The center started their community garden back in 2014. It's used for education, outreach, and supplying a fresh food pantry at the center, every month.

The Pine Manor's garden has a farm production area and 23 raised beds. The center says they provide the beds, seeds, and soil for families to take and grow their own.

For anyone looking to help donate or volunteer to support Pine Manor, click here.

For a list of restaurants participating in the Dine Around Town fundraiser on Nov. 19, click here.