Businesses from Matlacha donated the food, which was offered for sale at the Taste of Matlacha. It was a beautiful Sunday and a great crowd enjoyed music and food in the park. The businesses that donated were:
Bert’s Bar and Grill - Hamburgers
Miceli’s Restaurant - Pasta salad
Moretti’s Seafood Restaurant - Chowder
Olde Fish House Restaurant - Mullet spread
Perfect Cup - Chicken salad on a croissant
Sandy Hook Fish and Rib House - Key lime pie
The pantry volunteers were; Lucy and Greg Lambrect, Christine and Malte Sallstrom, Sal Anastasio, Pete Herber, Bill Jacobs, Ellen Wolf and Buzz and Barbara La Plante.
This affair was followed by the Matlacha Bliss, also at Matlacha Park, a day for the children of the island to come and join in the fun of crafts, face painting, singers and dancers and the start of the Christmas Holidays with the arrival of Santa Claus to Matlacha. This year it was on Saturday, Dec. 4, and at that time, the Matlacha Civic gave a check to the Pine Island Food Pantry in the amount of $1,600.
This donation is especially welcome at this blessed time of the year, when we try to bring the beauty of Christmas, to so many families. The donation will help the Food Pantry through the Christmas food distribution, which we provide to the Basket Brigade. We will be purchasing a gift certificate for each family who have applied to the Basket Brigade and a bag of food to go along with the certificate to complete a Christmas meal.
Linaya Yates from the Matlacha Civic Association, presented a check to Food Pantry Inventory Manager, Ellen Wolf with proceeds earned during the Taste of Matlacha.