Guest speaker Bill Morris, better known as “Captain Happy Hope,” visited the Kiwanis Club of Marco to talk about Meals of Hope, one of the many charities Kiwanis supports.
Meals of Hope, started in 2007 as a single one-day packing event by Steve Popper and the Rotary Club of Naples, has the mission of “communities coming together to end hunger.” More than 15,000 volunteers and six full-time staff members assist Meals of Hope in achieving this mission. More that 58,875,000 meals have been packed and delivered across the U.S., as well as with Hope for Haiti, and recently to benefit Hurricane Dorian Relief. Meals of Hope remains committed to the children of Collier County where, even now, a surprising 63% of the children in Collier County Public Schools are on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
Marco Island’s Meals of Hope is a joint project of Marco Island’s Sunrise Rotary, Noontime Rotary and Kiwanis clubs under the chairmanship of Bill Morris. The groups raise funds through monthly Happy Hours for Hope and donations. Funds raised are used to buy the raw materials needed to package meals at a cost of only 20 cents per meal.
The group hopes to raise enough to package 250,000 meals at its annual packaging event, which will be November 16th this year.