FORT MYERS, Fla. - Thousands of people in need could be without a source of food if a pantry in Fort Myers has to close down. The city is giving the Saint Vincent De Paul pantry, 30 days to solve parking problems or close. The small building, just south of downtown, serves as one of the busiest food pantries in all of Lee County.
It's open two days a week and hundreds of families get food there. It's very busy and there is not enough parking nearby. The city's code enforcement says that people park on the side streets while they get their bags of food. That's a violation. Now, the city now wants the pantry to close.
St. Vincent's volunteer Kiccia McCoy tells WINK, "We have gotten it under control, but it has been crazy at times. I do believe a lot of people are going to go hungry if we shut this down."
The pantry is assigning people to direct the traffic and try to keep people from parking on the streets. But, the Code Enforcement board says that's not good enough. It wants the place to close down by July 11th, or face fines of $100 a day if it operates past that date.