"As you can see from our empty shelves the Pine island Food Pantry is very low on food," said Dave Grueser "Every little bit helps when our supplies are this low."
Just one of those responding to Grueser's plea is Jody Franke, owner of Belle's Secret Island Spa. Franke and her team have named their food drive Foodstock.
"Foodstock came out of the Woodstock Festival of 1969. Those islanders of the Woodstock generation can relate to the name Foodstock! It's really a collaborative effort from all of us at Belle's. Patrice Gibbons, Lucy Kimsey, Gina Kilby and I are all working to bring this together," Franke said. "We have been working hard to set up drop-off locations to make it as easy as possible for people to help out. The drop locations we have are: Cupcake Express, Tropical Hair Gallery, Ragged Ass Saloon, Capt'n Con's Fish House, Center of Pine Island Laundromat, Monroe Canal Marina, Pine Island Feed and Garden Center, Traders Hitching Post, Island Decor, St. James general Store and of course Belle's Secret Island Spa."
"We can use the help now more than ever," said Grueser, president of the Pine Island Food Pantry. "Our supplies are down and the need is greater now than it was this time last year. We are a 365-days-a-year operation and this time of year our numbers are down so we appreciate everything everyone does for us."
"Now is a time that is really hard for islander's in need. The pantry also is low in stock this time of year. There's are drop off locations set up year round provided by the food pantry. A little extra boost certainly could help. Share what you can," Franke said.
The drive ends Sept. 24. All of the food collected will be contributed to the Pine Island Food Pantry.