MARCO ISLAND — Islanders turned out in full force Monday evening at Mango's Dockside Bistro at The Esplanade for 'Afternoon Delight' a fundraiser to support Meals of Hope. Attendees were treated to complimentary Hors d'oeuvres, Happy Hour drink prices, 50/50 raffles, and entertainment provided by Dave Gardner from David G. Music.
Meals of Hope is a non profit organization, with the goal to package and distribute fortified meals to those in need. Meals of Hope organizes and runs food packaging programs throughout the area.
Three of Marco Island's service organizations Sunrise Rotary club, Noontime Rotary Club and the Kiwanis club have taken a leading role in feeding hungry and needy children and their families in Collier County.
The Marco Island food packing event will take place at the Marco Island Charter Middle School on Nov. 17, 9 and 11 a.m. The goal of the event is to package 150,000 meals in the two-hour event.
There are two types of meals packaged. The first is a fortified beans and rice casserole, made with added soy protein, vegetables, and 21 different vitamins and minerals. The second meal packaged, is a fortified macaroni and cheese meal, fortified with soy protein and 21 vitamins and minerals.
The three Marco Island service organizations involved in Meals of Hope are hosting events to help raise the $30,000 needed to achieve their goal of 150,000 meals. Meals of Hope utilizes a distribution network utilizing the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Collier Harvest to insure that the meals are given to needy children.