Cape Coral driveways turned into makeshift food pantries

Reporter: Taylor Petras Writer: Jackie Winchester
Credit: WINK News

People in your neighborhood might be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic and you might not even know it, but two Cape Coral women are doing what they can to help out.

Ali Wilson set up a pantry last weekend at the end of her driveway.

“I couldn’t sleep one night and I thought what can we do? What else can we do?”

People can stop by and take anything they need or leave items for others to take.

She said the response “has been amazing. People have continued to bring stuff. People have continued to drive by and take stuff.”

In another part of town, Shania Morris has a similar setup.

“I’m out of my job, you know? And I know there are 26 other million people without a job. Those people can’t feed their families,” Morris said.

Both women are getting help from their neighbors to stock up on supplies.

“Neighbors helping neighbors … it’s been making me really happy. Seeing all these people come bring stuff,” Morris said.

And they’re hoping to help others living nearby.

“We probably have people on our street who need something,” Wilson said.

“Nobody knows what each other is going through,” Morris said.

Like the sign on Morris’ mailbox reads: “We’re all in this together.”

The organizers said they plan to keep their neighborhood pantries up as long as there is a need.

Morris and Wilson said any leftover items will be donated to local charities and food pantries.

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