Elite DNA Therapy Services, a comprehensive mental and behavioral health service provider, is hosting a food collection drive May 16-31 to support area food banks in their efforts to feed local families during the summer.

According to pre-pandemic data from Feeding Florida, 3.1 million Floridians lack access to healthy food, 800,000 of which are children. Across the five-county region of Southwest Florida, more than 155,490 people are considered food insecure.

During Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Elite DNA is rallying the community to help reduce food insecurity in its local neighborhoods by collecting donations of non-perishable foods. In Southwest Florida, the drive will support Harry Chapin Food Bank, which serves the five-county region of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.

“Fear of being unable to feed your loved ones and worry over where your next meal will come from can have detrimental impacts on your mental health,” said Elizabeth Dosoretz, LCSW, founder and CEO of Elite DNA Therapy Services. “In line with our mission to care for families, children, adolescents and adults, our practices are rallying the community to help do our part to ensure that kids and families are fed this summer.”

The community is invited to drop off donations of food at any Elite DNA location between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Items of greatest need include canned meats and fish, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, breakfast cereal, peanut butter, rice, macaroni and cheese, pasta and more.

Elite DNA locations across Southwest Florida include:

  • Cape Coral: 2721 Del Prado Blvd. S., Suite 200, 239-673-9034
  • Fort Myers – Metro: 4310 Metro Parkway, Suite 205, 239-223-2751
  • Fort Myers – Plantation: 6430 Plantation Park Court, Suite 200, 239-223-2751
  • Lehigh Acres: 228 Plaza Drive, Suite D, 239-491-8204
  • Naples: 2230 Venetian Court, Suite 1, 239-236-5448
  • Port Charlotte: 3191 Harbor Blvd., Suites A-B, 941-883-4518
  • Port Charlotte (Southwest Florida Counseling Center, a division of Elite DNA Therapy Services): 1777 Tamiami Trail, Suite 201, 941-249-4354

For further information and additional drop-off locations across the state, visit EliteDNATherapy.com.

About Elite DNA Therapy Services

Elite DNA Therapy Services was founded in 2013 by Elizabeth Dosoretz, a licensed clinical social worker and mother of three, whose goal is to provide accessible, affordable mental health care to everyone. Now, one of the largest mental health providers in the state, Elite DNA provides in-person and virtual behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults at more than 20 locations across Florida. Services include psychiatry, psychology, medication management, substance use treatment, TMS therapy for depression, occupational therapy, speech therapy, applied behavior analysis and targeted case management services. Elite DNA accepts a large variety of insurances, including Medicaid/Medicare and has a self-pay sliding scale for established patients. For more information, visit EliteDNATherapy.com.