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How to help Hurricane Ian victims in Florida

How to help Hurricane Ian victims in Florida

Hurricane Ian caused significant damage in nearby cities such as Ft. Myers, and Port Charlotte. If you want help those most in need, we’ve put together a quick list of places where you can donate (money, pantry items, etc.), volunteer, or help spread general awareness.

Reef and Reel is hosting a donation drive as of September 30 if you’re looking to provide immediate donations.


Feeding South Florida

Feeding South Florida – the leading domestic hunger-relief organization in South Florida – is working to ensure those impacted by Hurricane Ian across the State of Florida have clean water and meals ready to eat. The organization is working with families in Florida who were impacted by the storm, as well as sharing its resources to help its sister food banks in other parts of the state. Feeding South Florida is deploying its team members and equipment to the affected areas. 

You can learn more and donate online.

Florida Disaster Fund

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.


Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax deductible. Up to 3%, however, no more than $30,000 will be taken from each donation to cover administrative costs, including but not limited to staff salary, indirect costs and credit card and bank transaction fees.

Click HERE to donate.

St. Pete Mamas Helping Mamas

Together with Baby Cycle Diaper Bank & countless St. Pete Mamas, this org will be collecting diapers and donations that will be sent to our neighbors to the south. 

Click HERE for a full list of participating businesses and how to donate.

Community Cooperative

The mission of Community Cooperative is to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs.

Click HERE to learn how you can help.

Harry Chapin Food Bank

Harry Chapin Food Bank is currently assessing if any damage was sustained at the Fort Myers Distribution Center or Collier County Center after Hurricane Ian. They are prepared to distribute food and water to the people who need it as quickly as it is safe to do so. We will be updating emergency distributions on our website once they are scheduled.

Click HERE to help.

Ft Myers Beach Community Foundation

Over the past 10 years FMBCF has raised and distributed over $185,000 in support of 30 different organizations in our community. 

Click HERE for more info.

Ian Response Fund

The Florida Ian Response Fund will address urgent response needs of impacted communities, ensure equitable state and federal responses, and provide emergency aid throughout the state via a network of grassroots organizations that are standing by to quickly address the needs of their communities.

Click HERE to donate and learn more about the effort.

We will continue to update this list with more ways you can help those most in need.


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