Monday, October 23, 2017

Meals Of Hope Aims To Create A ‘Summer Without Hunger’

Some food packagers at a Meals of Hope event in 2016 at Harborside Event Center.

“naplesOne local charity is dreaming of providing a hunger-free summer for every Southwest Florida child.

Meals of Hope’s first ‘Summer Without Hunger’ packing event will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Estero High School.

Meals of Hope founder Stephen Popper began packing meals back in 2007 when a family friend asked for Popper’s help shipping food to a poor school in Haiti. Although there was no doubt about this worthwhile endeavor, Popper felt strongly that there was also a need for such efforts closer to home.

“There is a silent epidemic happening within our country today, and although the reality can be overwhelming, Meals of Hope and its partners are making definite strides in combating hunger and food insecurity here at home,” he said.

According to the company website, Meals of Hope has packaged over 37 million meals since its inception.

Events like Summer Without Hunger showcases the charity’s tried and true strategy of teaming up with local schools and organizations to package meals. Each team consists of 10 to 12 members and has a minimum goal of $500 to underwrite the event. The first 20 teams will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor.

This event only has room for 40 teams, and its goal is ambitious; package 200,000 meals for Meals of Hope’s local food bank.

For more information and to register teams, contact Bobbi Bird at 239-405-3392 or

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