City Forces Food Pantry to Shut Down Over Traffic

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Associate Press Release

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Fort Myers city officials are forcing the county's largest food pantry to shut down amid complaints that the shelter is causing traffic delays.

Volunteers hand out food at society of St. Vincent de Paul two mornings a week. The shelter distributes more than a million pounds of food a year and more than 700 families rely on those donations.

But city officials ordered the shelter to close Thursday and gave them 30 days to shut down or face a $100 a day fine.

The News-Press of Fort Myers reports residents complain that those picking up donations at the shelter park in the wrong place or idle in the street while food bags are being loaded in the car.

Volunteers said the shelter is not located in a high traffic area.

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