Emergency Food Program Description
The number of people in need of food assistance has been steadily climbing. Thanks to the generosity and goodwill of the neighbors in Bonita Springs we have been always able to give food to those who otherwise won’t have anything to eat. Our Emergency Food Program provides food supplies to households in a crisis situation. A system of distribution of food is in place in order to serve the families according to their specifics needs and situation. As a general guideline and according to the food supplies families receive food every 30 days average.
The Bonita Springs Assistance Office, BSAO, is the first agency in South Lee County to offer the most complete Choice Pantry in the area. In our pantry the families do the grocery selection according to their needs, eating habits and health conditions. We count on a variety of items including produce, dairy, baked items, frozen meat, toiletries, and diapers in addition to the food staples. We encourage those who visit our Choice Pantry to bring their own bags.
Summer Mobile Pantries
BSAO in partnership with United Way of Lee County and Harry Chapin Food Bank and other local pantries in South Lee County organize monthly food distributions in the area during the summer months. These food distributions have the purpose of helping families and individuals who are struggling because of low or no income and their need for food during the summer months is severe.
BSAO coordinates a registration process and the volunteers who help families to select their food and load it to their vehicles.
- Recipients must be residents of the greater Bonita Springs area for minimum 90 days.
- Applicant should be the main caretaker or head of the household
- Income is determine by self-declaration
Greater Bonita Springs’ area
Services are available year round except holidays and weekends
Monday and Wednesday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
English & Spanish
12 Parking spaces are available including 2 handicapped spaces
Service is free of charge
No appointment necessary
As we are serving a larger area, the demand always seems to be greater than our current resources. We gladly help you to organize food drives or small fund raising events to support our food program.