Church group helps feed food insecure communities in SWFL
We’ve seen the long lines of people all across Southwest Florida waiting for meals while they experience food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, a group is hitting the streets to help get groceries into the hands of those who can’t wait in those lines. Every weekend, they make sure people have food to sustain themselves.
Volunteers of a group at Lehigh Acres Seventh-day Adventist Church said they need help from community members to continue their mission to help those in our region experiencing food insecurity.
“Food helps everyone,” said volunteer Grace Eisele.
What started as a small idea for Easter is now a weekly tradition of giving back.
“We kind of went out on a limb a little bit,” said volunteer Steven Eisele. “You know, let’s see what happens, and it turned out great.”
Every week, Grace and Steven Eisele go to different spots around Immokalee or Lehigh Acres with their church.
“Maybe they could use a little extra boost with groceries,” Steven said.
They set up tables crowded with bags of rice, beans and boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to help those struggling to make it through this pandemic.
Every week, dozens of people jump into line to grab their bag of groceries.
“You know, maybe there is someone there that could use a little bit extra to make it to next week,” Steven said.
This weekend was a little more special. Not only are people able to get fresh produce and food to feed their families, they get to take home a flower to celebrate Mother’s Day.
“Without work, it’s kind of hard to pay for stuff,” Grace said.
The church group members said they’re doing their part to take care of communities that need a hand. The group plans to be back in Immokalee next week.