Under the auspices of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary and Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, our island community is pitching in to help those who need assistance after recent hurricanes. The club and church have met their goals for volunteers who will gather on November 10 to pack 25,000 meals to be distributed through the national Meals of Hope organization.

Monetary donations to Meals of Hope are welcome. Please make checks payable to Meals of Hope and send them to: SCUCC, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel FL 33957.

"It is vital that people of goodwill work together to help meet the needs of so many. Certainly, food is one of those basic needs," said the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner, Senior Pastor of SCUCC and President of the Rotary Club.

Meals of Hope designed five meals that provide balanced nutrition: beans and rice, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal with cinnamon sugar and diced apples, a soy chicken dinner with vegetables and rice, and pasta with tomato sauce. Most of the packed meals are distributed through the Feeding America Food Bank Network.

As the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S., Meals of Hope assists American families experiencing hunger and food insecurities. When natural disasters and job loss occur, families can quickly find themselves in a stressful situation. Through the efforts of groups across the country, some of that stress is lessened when those in need are reassured that they will have help feeding their families. Thanks to local support, 25,000 more meals will soon become available.