Liz Pecora, Director of Communications for Our Daily Bread Food Pantry (ODBFP), has announced that the non-profit organization has received a generous grant of $20,000 from Empty Bowls Naples, Inc. (EBNI).
“We are excited to be partnering with a like-minded organization like EBNI, whose focus is on the community and their volunteers,” Pecora stated. “Since the pandemic began, our requests for assistance have increased by more than 600%. The funds will allow us to continue to buy food for the more than 10,000 people who we are now serving each month.”
Before the pandemic, ODBFP served 100-200 families weekly, a number that has grown to 600–700.
“Empty Bowls Naples is happy to have ODBFP as a 2020 grant recipient, to support our food-insecure Marco Island neighbors,” says Betsy Dawson, President and CEO.
The non-profit organization raises funds through the sale of handcrafted bowls sold at their annual event held at Cambier Park. The EBNI grant is their first to be awarded to a Marco Island non-profit organization supporting the EBNI mission.
“Funds raised through the event are distributed by the Empty Bowls Naples Inc. Grant Program to local non-profit organizations supporting the Empty Bowls mission to fight hunger in our communities. COVID-19 has put a tremendous toll on so many of our Collier and Lee County neighbors, greatly increasing the number of food-insecure families and individuals in this area,” added Dawson.
“To be responsive to our community needs, this year’s Empty Bowls Naples Inc grants have been awarded exclusively to food banks and food pantries making direct distribution of food to the public. Empty Bowls Naples is happy to have Our Daily Bread Food Pantry as a 2020 grant recipient, support to our food-insecure Marco Island neighbors.”
ODBFD offers various services and programs: Weekly Saturday Pantry, Mobile Outreaches, Weekday Food by Appointment, Senior Lunch and Senior Pantry shopping for age 60 and over (currently on hold Pending CDC Guidelines), and a Care and Share program.