2017-09-07 / Top News

Meals of Hope mobilizes in Texas for Hurricane Harvey victims

Naples event set for Sept. 23


Volunteers from Rotary Clubs in Texas and Florida mobilize at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Texas to pack meals for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Naples-based Meals of Hope orchestrated the event. 
COURTESY PHOTO Volunteers from Rotary Clubs in Texas and Florida mobilize at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Texas to pack meals for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Naples-based Meals of Hope orchestrated the event. COURTESY PHOTO Naples-based Meals of Hope held a meal-packing event in Preston Hollow, Texas, for Hurricane Harvey victims on Saturday, Sept. 2. The charity mobilized in conjunction with local Rotary clubs through Bobbi Bird, who works for Meals of Hope in Naples and is the district governor of the Southwest Florida Rotary District. She contacted a Texas-based Rotarian district to mobilize funds and volunteers to help those affected by Harvey. Meals of Hope CEO Steve Popper and COO Katie Schweikhardt also made the trip to Texas, along with the organization’s director of community outreach, John Ribble.

Within days of announcing the Texas event, the online volunteer signup sheet was completely full. The Greater Dallas Rotary, District 5810, helped round up more than 600 volunteers and raised more than $21,000 to pack meals for Harvey victims. The Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church became headquarters for the meal-packing efforts, with 226,176 meals of fortified macaroni and cheese packed and ready to ship to the Central Texas Feeding America Food Bank just after 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Partners and volunteers in the effort included the Presbyterian Church, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Unity Dallas, NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Temple Emanu-El, the Plano Metro Rotary Club, the Rotary Clubs of SWFL, Rotary District 5810, Meals of Hope, Northridge Presbyterian Church, and Central Texas Food Bank.

Southwest Floridians who didn’t get a chance to make the trek to Texas will get their shot to help out on Saturday morning, Sept. 23, when Meals of Hope hosts a meal-packing event at North Naples Middle School. Volunteers are welcome to come and help out starting at 9 a.m. Monetary donations are just as important to cover the costs of the meals (23 cents per packed meal).

To learn more about how to help, call Meals of Hope at 537-7775 or visit www.mealsofhope.org. ¦

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