The food drive was organized by James Gravedoni, vice-president of Frank & Sons Moving & Storage. As a board member of the Cape Coral Caring Center and a volunteer driver for the Midwest Food Bank-Florida Division, Gravedoni is very familiar with the presence of food insecurity in his community.
“Last year after (Hurricane) Irma hit Florida, I ran over 12 mission trips to agencies for Midwest and hauled over 100,000 lbs. of food, ice, and water,” said Gravedoni. “They are a great group of people and I am glad to help out and do my part to help others.”
After learning that 80% of child abuse cases are a result of a lack of sufficient food in the home, Gravedoni decided to launch a food drive to benefit Cape Coral Caring Center’s summer 2018 kids program. He put out a call to action on Facebook and Twitter asking community members to donate healthy, kid-friendly foods such as jars of peanut butter and jelly.
One in 5 children in Lee County, Florida are food insecure. Last summer, the Cape Coral Caring Center helped over 1,300 kids in the community gain access to a week’s supply of healthy, kid-friendly foods. With the help of Frank & Son Moving & Storage, the Cape Coral Caring Center hopes to feed even more kids this summer.
The food drive brought in more than 2,300 lbs. of peanut butter, which will help to supply 1,900 kid-friendly meals to children in Cape Coral. Frank & Son Moving & Storage also raised over $1,600 in cash and check donation, which will help provide over 8,100 meals to community members in need. “Hunger and food insecurity can be changed in our country and others,” said Wendy Wootton, operations manager at Cape Coral Caring Center. “It only takes kindness and generous people to share a small amount.”
Thank you to James Gravedoni and everyone at Frank & Son Moving & Storage for the great work you are doing in your community!