Get Help

The Caring Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00a.m. to Noon.

If you are one of many people who do not have sufficient resources to maintain a suitable lifestyle and you are a Cape Coral resident, you may qualify for help from the Cape Coral Caring Center. Because we know the minimal essentials of life are food and shelter, we are here to assist you if you need these essentials:

  • Food items
  • Electric bill assistance (when funds are available)
  • Referrals to other agencies

To receive food assistance, all you need is a valid Cape Coral driver’s license or Florida ID.

We are also here to help you with:

  • Critical needs to cope with a negative economic situation on a short-term basis.
  • To maximize services to individuals and families.
  • To minimize duplication of services by various agencies.
  • To help maintain a suitable standard of living..


Introducing the Caring Café

We partnered with United Way and opened the Caring Café. We will be feeding clients breakfast items on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 am till 12:00 pm. It is located in the SalusCare kitchen at 1105 Cultural Park Blvd. Cape Coral.

Below is a list of other agencies that may be able to help you.

Information & Referral

United Way
Information & referral service (from landline) 211
or from cell phone: 239-433-3900

Elder Helpline of SWFL
Phone: 1-800-963-5337 (over age 60)

Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc.
24 hour family violence & rape shelter/counseling
Phone: 239-939-3112

Catholic Hispanic Social Services
Programs to assist Hispanic persons
Food vouchers, blankets, English classes, infant clothing & diapers
4235 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-337-4193

Department of Children & Families
AFDC-aid to families with dependent children
Aging/adult services
Food stamps
Medicaid eligibility
4150 Ford Street Extension, Fort Myers
Phone: 1-866-762-2237

Lee County Human Services
Utility & rental assistance for low income & elderly
1440 Thompson Street, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-533-7900

Salvation Army
10291 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-278-1551
Food & Clothing/Women’s House
Phone: 239-278-1551
Overnight Shelter (single males)
2400 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-332-4241

W.I.C. – Women, Infants, & Children
Special supplement feeding program
3920 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-332-9501

Lee Cares
Provides information about Lee County Government Services
Phone: 239-332-2737


Childrens Medical Services (H.R.S.)
Provides medical services to children who are eligible for Medicaid
Cost of services provided can be adjusted according to income
Phone: 239-939-8143

Lee County Health Department
Free immunizations for babies & children
General health care needs
3920 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-332-9501
83 Pondella Road, North Fort Myers
Phone: 239-656-4440

Treatment & counseling for adults and adolescents
Programs to ensure care for pregnant women
Available to Medicare and Medicaid recipients or cost-adjusted to income
Phone: 239-275-3222


Child Support Enforcement (H.R.S.)
Available to AFDC and Medicaid recipients
or $25 initial fee for anyone with children in home
Phone: 239-936-0102

Florida Rural Legal Services
Legal services provided to low income individuals
Assist in landlord/tenant disputes
Phone: 239-334-4554


Job & Benefit Center
Job service of Florida has jobs on computer, must come into office
Phone: 239-278-7140

Mayors Alliance
Located at Goodwill Industries
Provides services for people with disabilities
Phone: 239-995-2106 ext. 126

City of Cape Coral Job Line
Recording of jobs available in Cape Coral
Phone: 239-574-0535


Consumer Credit Counseling of Florida Gulf Coast
Free budget & financial counseling
Debt repayment program
Must call for application – appointments made after application is completed
Phone: 239-278-3121

Lifeline Family Center
Maternity home, free pregnancy testing
Crisis pregnancy counseling
Phone: 239-242-7238

Maternity home, free pregnancy testing, infant clothes
5597 Sunrise Drive, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-332-3122

Special Populations
Day/evening/after school programs available for mentally and physically handicapped
400 Santa Barbara Boulevard, Cape Coral
Phone: 239-574-0574

Lee County Housing Authority
Various Types of low income housing (call for list)
Voucher programs and new projects becoming available
Phone: 239-997-6688

Social Security Administration
SSI–Supplement Security Income
Medicare applications
Phone: 1-800-772-1213

Bus Information
Phone: 239-275-8726

Cape Coral Mini Bus
Providing safe and comfortable transport for qualified residents
Phone: 239-574-0573

Community Cooperative
Groceries/Meals/Soup Kitchen
3429 MLK Jr. Boulevard, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-332-7687

NFM – All Souls Church – Pantry & Clothing
Open Wed 9 am to 12 noon
14640 N. Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers
Phone: 239-997-7685

NFM – Church of God – Pantry
Phone: 239-995-4966

For Pine Island, St. James City & Bokeelia
Phone: 239-283-4442 (Leave message, someone will call back)

4645 SE 15th Avenue, Cape Coral, FL 33904 | 239.945.1927

4645 SE 15th Avenue,
Cape Coral, FL 33904

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