Sunday, November 28, 2021

Noontime Rotary Donates to Meals of Hope

Bill Morris with Pat Ettensohn, Noontime Rotary Club. Submitted Photo

Bill Morris with Pat Ettensohn, Noontime Rotary Club. Submitted Photo

Marco Island’s Meals of Hope confirmed today that the Noontime Rotary Club has completed its committed donation of $4,000 to the 2017 Meals of Hope campaign. The check was presented to Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris at the Club’s recent luncheon. Morris stated, “This is a big help. Meals of Hope is a joint effort by both of Marco Rotary clubs and the Kiwanis Club and each donates $4,000 annually. Even their renewals coming, it doesn’t get to the bank until the check is delivered and for that I thank Noontime Rotary.”

Marco Island Meals of Hope raises funds year round to finance its packaging event in November. This year’s event is scheduled for November 18, 2017 at Marco Island Charter Middle School. The group hopes to package more than 200,000 meals to feed the needy and must raise more than $40,000 to reach that goal.

Morris explained, “We raise funds from many sources, but mostly through small donations. We have 12 Friends of Hope donating no less than $500 each. We have ten Happy Hours for Hope, raising about $1,000 each. On October 15 we will be at Stan’s selling 50/50 tickets. You do the math. Even with donations from the three clubs, we need a lot of financial support from donors.”

Meals packaged by volunteers are distributed to local food banks, a food pantry operated by Meals of Hope and even a local delivery truck, reaching hundreds of Collier County families each week. Providing meals to needy families, Meals of Hope works to make sure that no child goes hungry.

Marco Island Meals of Hope’s next event will be a Happy Hour for Hope on August 28, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM at Pinchers Crab Shack, 591 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. The public is invited to all Meals of Hope events. There is a charge of $10 for each Happy Hour.

For more information concerning Marco Island Meals of Hope, please contact Bill “Captain Happy Hope” Morris at 239-642-6020 or visit

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