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Supplies running a little low at Food Pantry

October 3, 2012
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Food Pantry is seeking assistance from the community - its shelves are nearly empty.

President David Grueser said they serve 462 adults and kids a month at the food pantry and 4,800 clients a year.

The Food Pantry serves Greater Pine Island, Matlacha and Matlacha Isles.

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Ellen Wolf, the Food Pantry inventory manager, looks through what is left on the shelf and what is needed for their clients

Although the summer months slow down in terms of donations to the Food Pantry, he said they have seen an increase in their clientele.

Some of the food they purchase through the Harry Chapin Food Bank, which has also seen a decrease in inventory.

"We have to be good stewards of our resources," Grueser said.

Winn-Dixie and Panera Bread also contribute to the cause. Grueser said they provide bread every Thursday, which anyone of their clients can stop by to pick up on the days they are open.

Right now the Food Pantry is in need of everything to restock the shelves, especially soup, boxed meals like Hamburger Helper and Tuna Helper.

The pantry is also in need of dish soap, bar soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, shampoo and toilet paper, which are items they have to buy.

Grueser said those items are not supported with food stamps.

"We are trying to supply things you can't get with food stamps," Grueser said.

Nonperishable food can be dropped off at Winn-Dixie, VFW, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Stonegate Bank, Matlacha Post Office and the churches on the island.

For individuals to qualify for the Food Pantry, they have to bring a photo ID and a recent utility bill to the Life Center of Our Lady Miraculous Medal Church, 12175 Stringfellow Road. The pantry is open Monday and Thursday from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

For information call 239-246-0039 and leave a message.



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