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Hundreds of people line up for local church’s food distribution

June 13, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

On Wednesday, June 6, lines of Lehigh Acres residents showed up during the Church of the Nazarene's monthly food truck distribution. The church has held its monthly food distribution event monthly since Hurricane Irma struck the area back in September 2017.

At 4 p.m. people began to line up in the church's parking lot located at 210 Lee Blvd. Among some of the items being given out included: cans of beans, peanut butter, juice, cereal, bread and fresh fruits.

According to Pastor Mike Shinn, the food truck will continue to come the first Wednesday of every month.

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Lines of Lehigh Acres residents showed up during the Church of the Nazarene’s monthly food truck distribution June 6.


"Today we have already served more than 200 people and will continue to distribute the food until it's all gone. We also offer a hot meal in our Fellowship Hall every Wednesday as well," said Shinn.

According to Shinn, the church members saw a need for this in the community.

"It's been a really neat thing and we are glad to be a part of it. This is what a church should be doing," said Shinn.

Midwest Food Bank donates the food truck for the Wednesday distribution, but church members raise additional funds to host the hot meal that's also done on Wednesday and serves more than 100 people each week.

Church members such as John Allen and volunteer Nathan Bladen were happy to donate their time and spend the evening handing out food to those who showed up.

"I'm glad to be part of this. I know how it feels to need a little extra help. I have had people do the same for me in my time of need. I want to give back," said Bladen.

The food distribution event also had volunteers who came all the way from Georgia to help out. Atlanta Stone Mountain Methodist Church members were onsite as part of their mission trip.

According to church leader, the Rev. Kevin Days and Youth Director Bonita Navarro, this is not the first time their congregation has lent a hand in Lehigh Acres.

"We came down here right after Hurricane Irma to help Pastor Mike distribute food, water and other necessities after the storm. Our congregation has built a close relationship with this church and we come whenever we can to volunteer," said Days.

The Church of the Nazarene has a variety of programs including a day camp during the summer, which currently has more than 80 kids. They also host a free, weekly dinner each Wednesday inside their Fellowship Hall and a food truck distribution the first Wednesday of each month. For more information on their programs visit or call 239-369-4001.



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