Fort Myers church serves more than 10,000 hot meals to residents in 4 days

Group of volunteers in community donation center, food bank and coronavirus concept.

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Fort Myers, FL - A Southwest Florida church has served more than 10,000 hot meals since Hurricane Ian struck the Gulf Coast last week.

Members of Mount Hermon Church in Fort Myers have been working around the clock to serve more than 10,000 lunches and dinners to Lee County residents affected by the hurricane.

William Glover, senior pastor at Mount Hermon Church, told the Fort Myers News-Press "I'm part of a clergy group that pools shared resources anytime there's a natural disaster. The day after the storm, with the power outage being so widespread, people were unable to prepare meals. We realized that people were going to need to eat, and that they were going to need to have hot meals.”

Mount Hermon Church is serving lunch at 12:30 p.m. that consists of burgers, hotdogs, coleslaw, potato salad and water.

Dinner is being served at 5 p.m. and is a combination of grilled chicken quarters, pulled pork, Cuban beans and rice and vegetables.

Glover told the Fort Myers News-Press "the organization brought in about a dozen volunteers with them to run their operations. We’ve had about a dozen volunteers consisting of church membership, but also a lot of community people have come through and volunteered as well.”

“It's really rewarding for a number of reasons,” says Glover. “We were the first food distribution center to be set up as early as Saturday. Oftentimes by the time aid or assistance gets to our community it's a second thought. We got aid early and it felt good to be able to do that. It’s rewarding both in terms of providing meals to the community and also making sure those who came to help us make certain that they get something hot as well. So it’s tremendously rewarding.”