Yovamy and Heather Regueira Sosa, center, and their son Yovamy, Jr., 9-months, eat a hot meal provided by the Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition during a community cafe at the Gordon River Apartments on Thursday evening. The coalition partnered with Meals of Hope, St. Matthew's House, Collier Harvest, Capital Grille and the Harry Chapin Food Bank to offer a hot meal to the community and to give about 50 pounds of groceries to families through a mobile pantry. The organizations are working to offer these free services to different low income communities each week in Collier County. Researchers at the University of Florida were retained by NCEF to update a child well-being study done in 2005 to see where the nonprofit organization has made inroads to improve the health and quality of children's lives. The 53-page status report on child well-being was completed this past week, just as this year's wine festival is set for Jan. 28-30. The report's findings will be studied in detail over the next few months to decide what makes the most sense for future endeavors, especially with multi-year strategic initiatives. For certain, a hunger initiative is on the horizon, according to John Scot Mueller, a trustee and vice chairman of the grant committee. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Yovamy and Heather Regueira Sosa, center, and their son Yovamy, Jr., 9-months, eat a hot meal provided by the Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition during a community cafe at the Gordon River Apartments on Thursday evening. The coalition partnered with Meals of Hope, St. Matthew's House, Collier Harvest, Capital Grille and the Harry Chapin Food Bank to offer a hot meal to the community and to give about 50 pounds of groceries to families through a mobile pantry. The organizations are working to offer these free services to different low income communities each week in Collier County. Researchers at the University of Florida were retained by NCEF to update a child well-being study done in 2005 to see where the nonprofit organization has made inroads to improve the health and quality of children's lives. The 53-page status report on child well-being was completed this past week, just as this year's wine festival is set for Jan. 28-30. The report's findings will be studied in detail over the next few months to decide what makes the most sense for future endeavors, especially with multi-year strategic initiatives. For certain, a hunger initiative is on the horizon, according to John Scot Mueller, a trustee and vice chairman of the grant committee. Lexey Swall/Staff

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