Winn-Dixie is hosting a food drive once again to benefit the Pine Island Food Pantry. The holiday food drive in December was such a great success, bringing in over $2,000 of non-perishable food, that Dan Loughren, Winn-Dixie manager and his staff, wants to help the Greater Pine Island community again by hosting another for Easter.
Winn-Dixie will sell $15 food bags with all the fixings for an Easter ham dinner. They will be available from Feb. 15 through March 15. On Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Winn-Dixie will close the drive out by holding a formal event so please join us.
The pantry has been in existence since 1993 and is run by 100% volunteer staff, so all donations go to its clients. Since Hurricane Ian, the pantry’s client base has increase by 50% and is still growing so the need is greater than ever. Pantry staff asks that islanders consider purchasing a food bag at Winn-Dixie to help their fellow Island residents “in need” this Easter.
Also, to all island snowbirds, please consider dropping off any extra food before leaving this season either at the Food Pantry or the many Pine Island “drop off box” locations: Winn-Dixie, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church, Centennial Bank and the Matlacha Post Office.