Florida utility FPL delivers hurricane kits to home-bound seniors

Stephanie Jordan opened the front door of her Fort Myers home on Monday to employees of FPL and the nonprofit Community Cooperative, there to make a special delivery. 

Jordan, 45, receives meals six days a week as a part of Community Cooperative’s Meals on Wheels program. But with the help of Florida Power & Light, volunteers packaged 350 hurricane food kits to bring to area residents who are homebound due to disabilities or other circumstances. 

“They don’t have the resources or capability to really go out and get the things that they need, in the case of a hurricane or storm of any kind comes through,” said Stefanie Ink-Edwards, director of development and community outreach for Community Cooperative. “It will give them three days worth of whatever they need if they were isolated and we couldn’t get to them."

The Fort Myers-based non-profit, whose mission is to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County, partnered with FPL to put together Community Cooperative’s first organized hurricane kit packaging event. 

FPL, which is headquartered in Juno Beach, has been hosting events similar to this for the past five years but has only recently expanded to other parts of the state, said FPL spokeswoman Mariela Quintanilla.

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