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Midwest Food Bank's COVID-19 response and disaster relief boxes in SWFL

Midwest Food Bank continues to help feed SWFL families
Posted at 12:04 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 12:17:44-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Whether it's for coronavirus response or hurricane season, Midwest Food Bank continues to help feed countless families in need across Southwest Florida.

Tuesday morning, their food distribution warehouse in Fort Myers stayed busy with volunteers at work and local non-profits picking up.

By the end of July, Midwest says they already distributed more than 13 million pounds of food this year.

The seven months of COVID-19 relief nearly doubles the total amount they distributed back in 2019.

“Organizations, like St. Matthew's House, really ramped up their food distribution program. They were probably serving roughly 1,000 families a month before Covid and I believe in July they served over 9,000 families. A large majority of that food comes through Midwest Food Bank," said Karl Steidinger, with Midwest Food Bank.

Midwest partners with more than 160 local organizations, such as the Salvation Army.

Besides COVID-19, they've also began packing disaster relief boxes to prepare for hurricane season in SWFL.

They say each box can feed a family of four for up to five days.

For more information on Midwest Food Bank in Fort Myers, click here.

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