Cars, bumper to bumper, could be seen waiting in long lines Thursday afternoon. Some people waited for hours to get the food they need ahead of Easter weekend.
Saint Matthew’s House is working to keep families fed during this pandemic.
The donation center in East Naples handed out cereal, canned goods, and fresh produce, and it’s all available for those who need it.
Vann Ellison, president and CEO of St. Matthew’s House, says, “normally were giving food out to help about 40 families. Right now, we see about a 1,000% increase, so we’re expecting about 400-500 families.”
Ellison knows the need is high right now, “this grocery giveaway is a huge blessing for so many families. A lot of people are rolling up their sleeves and saying, let’s help the less fortunate right now.”
One of those volunteering to distribute food is Greg Lowman. He says, “Real quickly you forget about your problems when you’re standing in line giving people food.”
It’s is not the first time Lowman has volunteered his time to help others. Seeing how great the need is, makes him realize what’s important.
“We get caught up in our lives and money and issues and problems in our lives but when you have a purpose to help to help other people it makes life much better.”
St. Matthew’s House helps people year-round, but these days, they’re working overtime.
Usually, people receiving food help must prove their need, but not today. Everyone was helped, no questions asked. And they plan to do a similar event next week.