Dionne Lopez is on a mission.
The small enterprise proprietor needs to make it simpler for folks to have meals on the desk in the course of the holidays. Final week she sparked an concept.
Lopez, who owns Lee County Plumbing Provide in Cape Coral, bought a fridge and positioned it exterior of her enterprise, packing it with meals.
“We noticed all of the lengthy strains for Harry Chapin and so forth and so forth and we stated how can we do it,” Lopez stated. “We’re like, hey, let’s put a fridge exterior. We will put meals in it and folks can come and get what they need or folks can go away what they need.”
The fridge is crammed. It has sandwiches, chips, meat, canned items, noodles and water.
The neighborhood has helped to fill it.
“I noticed what she was doing,” Wealthy Parkhurst, of Cape Coral. “I’ve had a number of issues and the church assist me out rather a lot, so I believed it was the least I might do.”
Each day there’s something new.
On Thursday, there was a slab of ribs within the freezer.
Lopez stated she understands what it’s wish to not know when your subsequent meal will come.
A enterprise enterprise in 1982 didn’t go as deliberate.
“It wasn’t doing very properly and we had spent the cash in shopping for the enterprise, my dad and mom did, and issues have been exhausting and we couldn’t afford meat,” she stated. “It was rice and beans for us for almost all of the time and our dad and mom stated it’s gonna get higher, it’s gonna get higher and ultimately did.”
She needs to maintain others from these circumstances whereas additionally eliminating the stigma of starvation.
“If that anyone wants one thing they usually can’t make it right here, choose it up for them,” Lopez stated. “Nobody’s going to have a look at you humorous.”
Lopez stated it feels good to assist others. She needs to maintain the fridge functioning properly previous the vacations.
“That’s the principle factor,” she stated. “It feels good to present to others.”
The enterprise is positioned at 532 SE forty seventh Terrace in Cape Coral. Anybody can contribute to the fridge.