Saint Matthew’s House sets a record when helping those in need



St. Matthew’s House is seeing more and more families facing food insecurity. So they are pushing and helping as many people as they can.

On Monday, in partnership with Harry Chapin Food Bank, they were able to feed more than 800 families in Southwest Florida. That’s a record and a big number for a Monday.

Typically, food banks have between 500 and 600 families on Mondays. But organizers say with the price hikes of everything, including essential items like food, they see a spike in demand in Southwest Florida.

Harry Chapin Food Bank, St. Matthew and the Midwest Food Bank team up each week to distribute food to those who need it most.

Families who showed up on Monday were able to take home fresh fruit and vegetables, in addition to juice, cereal and toiletries.

These partners said they strive to offer items that would otherwise be expensive at the grocery store.

Lorna McLain works with the House of St. Matthew. “We’re trying to really provide families with cost-effective items that will save them a lot of money instead of going to the grocery store. And you know, the items that are delivered, like I said before, they’re so good you can’t, you can’t beat the stuff they’re getting at our distribution points,” McLain said.

Monday is truly a day of records. Monday’s distribution at the Union Church of Naples served 302 families. That was the most ever served at that location.

On Tuesdays, there is another 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. distribution in Naples at Fairway Bible Church.

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