Published: May 13, 2011 5:45 PM EDT
Updated: May 13, 2011 2:06 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.-- Meals of Hope is preparing one million meals this weekend at locations across Southwest Florida.

Thousands of pounds of food already filled the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers Friday.

About one thousand volunteers are expected to help prepare the meals Saturday at the event center. They'll also be at Naples High School in Collier County and Riverview High School in Sarasota. Prep time runs from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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Since it began in 2007, Meals of Hope has prepared 10.5 million meals for those in need in Southwest Florida.

It teams up with the Harry Chapin Food Bank to distribute the meals to the food bank's nearly 200 partner agencies.

Event organizer Steven Popper says one million meals may sound like a lot, but it will only stretch so far.

"I'd love to be able to say that that million meals will take us through the next 6 months, but unfortunately, that's just not the case," Popper said Friday.

All the meals prepared will stay local.