Naples non-profit needs supplies, volunteers for Hurricane Dorian victims

A Naples non-profit is making an impact by collecting supplies to send to victims in the Bahamas after the devastation brought Hurricane Dorian.

Marion Jervis returned to Naples after Hurricane Irma. Jervis knows how vital donations are to survive and recover. It was the first big hurricane.

“When I went through that it was an eye-opener,” Jervis said.

Stephan Popper, Meals of Hope president and CEO, said this is a time where people in Southwest Florida are ready to do their part and give back.

“People are really clamoring for an activity that they can do,” Popper said, “to help you in the Bahamas.”

Popper said Meals of Hope is looking for 300 volunteers and $6,000, so it can support its operations in sending meals to the island nation. Right now, it has dozens of pallets with food that need to be packaged before it can be shipped.

They are looking for hygiene products, toiletries, diapers, rice, beans, water and drinks; but donations are not limited to those items. They want anything families could need in the months ahead.

“We need both the manpower to pack the 100,000 meals,” Popper said, “but we also are needing funding to do that.”

Meals of Hope mobile food pantry locations:

Lely Presbyterian Church
110 St. Andrews Boulevard
Naples, FL 34113
Monday 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

River Park Recreation Center
301 11th Street N
Naples, FL 34109
Monday 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Greater Naples YMCA
5450 YMCA Road
Naples, FL 34109
Tuesday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Golden Gate Senior Center
4898 Coronado Parkway
Naples, FL 34116
Thursday 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

East Naples Community Park
3500 Thomasson Drive
Naples, FL 34112
Tuesday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Max A. Hasse Community Park
3390 Golden Gate Boulevard W
Naples, FL 34120
Wednesday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Reporter:Jerrica Valtierra
Writer:Michael Mora
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