How to Donate Food in Florida to Help Hurricane Fiona Victims

With inflation, housing crises and holidays approaching, local groups are stretching their resources and needing help in case displaced families arrive from Puerto Rico. A new rapid response van is on standby at the Salvation Army this hurricane season. “We can serve 1,500 meals a day out of this unit,” Captain Ken Chapman said. “It can get into places our larger kitchen may not be able to get into.” As they find ways to improve resources, they need the help of the community to reach those in need. Residents of Puerto Rico are dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Fiona. “There’s a new class of homeless people emerging — people who never thought they’d be homeless,” Chapman said. “So if we have a natural disaster, like a hurricane that displaces people…resources are stretched.” The empty shelves at Healing Hunger Food Pantry show just how high the demand is. “We want every family to walk away with a full week of groceries and that full week of groceries is 21 meals,” said Father Jose Rodriguez, of Christ the King Episcopal Church. Pantry manager Fidel Hernandez said more than 200 families from different backgrounds are served each month. “Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and everywhere,” Hernandez said. Rodriguez says the number will increase if displaced families from Puerto Rico come to central Florida. “We’re talking about our neighbors – some of them might be living next door to you or across from you, bringing in a family member and now their household budget is pushed to the limit,” Rodriguez said. “They are the ones who come here to get the food because they are neighbors feeding families feeding friends.”

With inflation, housing crises and holidays approaching, local groups are stretching their resources and needing help in case displaced families arrive from Puerto Rico.

A new rapid response van is on standby at the Salvation Army this hurricane season.

“We can serve 1,500 meals a day out of this unit,” Captain Ken Chapman said. “It can get into places our larger kitchen may not be able to get into.”

As they find ways to improve resources, they need the help of the community to reach those in need.

Residents of Puerto Rico are dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Fiona.

“There is a new class of homeless people emerging – people who never thought they would be homeless,” Chapman said. “So if we have a natural disaster, like a hurricane that displaces people…resources are stretched.

The empty shelves at Healing Hunger Food Pantry show just how high the demand is.

“We want every family to walk away with a full week of groceries and that full week of groceries is 21 meals,” said Father Jose Rodriguez, of Christ the King Episcopal Church.

Pantry manager Fidel Hernandez said more than 200 families from different backgrounds are served each month.

“Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and everywhere,” Hernandez said.

Rodriguez says the number will increase if displaced families from Puerto Rico come to central Florida.

“We’re talking about our neighbors – some of them might be living next door to you or across from you, bringing in a family member and now their household budget is pushed to the limit,” Rodriguez said. “They are the ones who come here to get the food because they are neighbors feeding families feeding friends.”