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Food Insecurity Is Real and Two Cape Coral Women Are Making Sure Their Neighbors Have What They Need

Jul 12, 2022 02:03PM ● By Stephanie Hatley

Photo Courtesy of News-Press

In November 2020, Dionne Lopez started a community fridge to help Cape Coral residents. She explains, "Nobody should have an empty stomach, so when that pandemic started, and people lost their jobs, and they couldn't go out and buy food and so forth, we started the refrigerator."

A new collaborator, Gabrielle Ferraro, is helping Lopez manage the needs of the community. "I was trying to figure out a way to give back, so I reached out to her and just said, 'Hey, I think I can help. Like, I have the connections of like being able to get this, like, blown up." Ferraro, who owns Double Dee's Munchies food truck, used her connections to publicize the community fridge, and donations poured in.

They may not be able to feed everyone, but Lopez, Ferraro, and others in the Cape Coral community are doing their part to meet the needs of neighbors. Located at  532 Southeast 47th Terrace, the community fridge is open to any Cape Coral resident who needs to stop by. It's available 24/7.

If you'd like to serve your neighbors struggling in Cape Coral, consider dropping of cold food or shelf-stable products any time.