Caloosa Belle

Feeding the hungry

Bonnie Rich (co-chair of the food pantry with Dana Smith), with volunteers Linda Corbitt, Martha Way and Sandy Hudson provide canned goods and nonperishables.

Members of Caloosa Baptist Church manned the Harry Chapin Food Bank recently.

Program Outreach Coordinator Louise Bain said the mobile pantry covers five counties and tries to add variety and nutrition to people’s diets. She said approximately 250 families receive 35-40 pounds of food including fresh produce, frozen meats and potatoes per distribution.

She noted that Hendry County has a 14.4 percent food insecurity rate, according to Feeding America; Glades is 16 percent, the highest in Southwest Florida. The church has an emergency food pantry.

Please call 675-HOPE for assistance. You can find it the Second Tuesday of every month at Barron Park. Booths were also available for Health Healthy Families, RCMA, Salvation Army and Job Link.

Linda Smith, Sharon Boswell and Randy Way manned the frozen meat, fresh vegetables and bread table.

Vicki Howard and Roger Alexander handing out potatoes and purple cabbage. (submitted photo)