With another food drive set for Saturday, Healthy Souls International hopes to collect enough canned and dried goods to feed seniors and those with Covid-19.
The food drive, one of several that have taken place amid the coronavirus pandemic, will unfold from 9 a.m. to noon in the Dunlawton Plaza parking lot in Port Orange.
Healthy Souls International, a disaster relief nonprofit that helped feed people in the Bahamas and Puerto Rico after strong hurricanes devastated the islands, has stepped up to deliver groceries since the onset of the pandemic to those confined to their homes.
Many nonprofits have seen the demand for food assistance surge over the past nine months. While the need has not diminished, Healthy Souls International has begun to run low on donations.
“We’re asking people to help us feed seniors or families that are in quarantine,” said Maria Davila, founder of Healthy Souls International. “If people have tested positive for COVID-19, we don’t want them going out because they don’t have someone who can go to the store for them. We’re trying to flatten the curve on this, and we’ve taken that initiative since March. As you can see, help is still here.”
For those who can’t attend the event, Healthy Souls International will continue to collect canned and dried goods from 5 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday at its warehouse on 2330 S. Nova Road in South Daytona. In addition to canned and dried goods, the nonprofit asks people to donate low-sodium and low-sugar items for seniors.
Monetary donations can also be made at healthysoulsinternational.org.
What to donate
- Spaghetti sauce
- Fruit Cups
- Apple sauce
- Peanut butter
- Vienna sausages
- Canned chicken
- Canned tuna
- Mac and cheese
- Toilet paper
- Paper bags
- Pet food