The Taste of Matlacha, which was held Nov. 3, raised $1,500 for the Food Pantry.
Matlacha Civic Association President Bill Stoelker said the real heroes of the Taste of Matlacha were the restaurants that donated the food, so the money raised could go towards the Food Bank.
The restaurants that participated this year included Bert's Bar & Grill, Miceli's, Andy's Island Seafood, Olde Fish House, Perfect Cup, Sandy Hook and Barnhill Seafood Spot.
Greater Pine Island Parks Senior Supervisor Joseph DeBacker, Food Pantry treasurer Barbara Vadas, Matlacha Civic Association President Bill Stoelker, Matlacha Civic Association board member Linaya Yates-Lea, Matlacha Civic Association treasurer Jennifer Starr and Coordinator of Parks and Recreation Program Betsy Clayton. Stoelker provided Vadas with a $1,500 check for the Food Pantry on Dec. 3.
This was the fourth year the Taste of Matlacha was held and the second highest amount raised. The biggest event raised $1,600.
Stoelker said the Food Pantry has always been the recipient of the event.