NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - The line formed early at the Hatton B. Rogers Retirement Complex in North Fort Myers. 90 people, most of them on fixed or limited incomes, received more than three thousand pounds of food from the Harry Chapin Mobile Food Bank.
"It means a lot, we live here at Hatton Rogers, me and my husband and he's disable, so it means a lot," said Mary Preston, one of the first in line.
The complex is owned by Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. The charity teamed with Harry Chapin to bring a mobile pantry to the parking lot, as many of the residents are disabled.
"For a lot of people, the situation is do I pay for my electricity, do I pay for my rent or do I pay for food," said Fred Richards of Goodwill, "a lot of times food is the last thing somebody will actually access."
Residents and Goodwill employees, who earn minimum wage, loaded up on five days worth of food.
Limited income isn't the only obstacle for many of the residents. For Clarice Kunnus, getting to the grocery store is a difficult journey. She has to walk several blocks and cross busy North Tamiami Trail just to buy groceries.
"I can't drive, I'm legally blind so I walk down there," said Kunnus, who uses a walker to get around, "but sometimes I go through two, three lights waiting, just so there's not a lot of traffic."
She won't have to make that walk for a few days thanks to the mobile food pantry, and for that she's grateful.