"As you can see from our empty shelves the Pine Island Food Pantry is very low on food," Pine Island Food Pantry president Dave Grueser said this week. "Every little bit helps when our supplies are this low."
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," Franke said. "Those islanders of the Woodstock generation can relate to the name Foodstock!
The need for more supplies is evident at the Pine Island Food Pantry.
"It's really a collaborative effort from all of us at Belle's," she continued. "Patrice Gibbons, Lucy Kimsey, Gina Kilby and I are all working to bring this together. 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. "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 islanders in need," Franke said. "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."
The drive began Aug. 21 and ends one month later on Sept. 24. All of the food collected will be contributed to the Pine Island Food Pantry.