Naples, FL (July 14, 2020)

Youth Haven recently received a donation of fresh vegetables and fruit for its children, teens and the staff that cares for them.

Pickleball for All partnered with NAACP, the American Culinary Federation and Sunbelt, and was supported by Five Star Gourmet Foods of Naples, to distribute 10 pound boxes of fresh food to people in the Naples community of Saturday, July 11th. Leftovers consisting of sweet broccoli salad, baby carrots with ranch dip, garden salad, summer salad, creamy jalapeno coleslaw and fresh season fruit were delivered to Youth Haven. The food was used to support the children and teens that depend on Youth Haven for Home, Hope & Healing. The staff that cares for the children were also recipients of the generous food donation.

While Youth Haven has closed its campus to volunteers and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain committed to being a lifeline of support, with 73 beds available, for abused, abandoned, and homeless children and teens. The unexpected need to increase staff and purchase additional food and other necessities has put a strain on our budget; however, we’re committed to doing whatever is necessary to provide the same level of exemplary care to our children and teens.

“The donation of food for our kids and the staff that cares for them is so appreciated. We’re grateful for the support we received from Pickleball for All, NAACP, the American Culinary Federation, Sunbelt and Five Star Gourmet Foods of Naples. Our community partners are wonderful!” said Jinx Liggett, Youth Haven Executive Director.

If you have any questions or would like to support Youth Haven, please contact Laura Lafakis, Development Manager, at 239-687-5175 or

About Youth Haven

Youth Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is Collier County’s only residential emergency shelter for boys and girls ages 6-18 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Youth Haven is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, a Naples Children & Education Foundation grant recipient, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit, like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

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