MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – A roofing company in Brevard County is doing its part to help families in central Florida who are still struggling to afford groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tom Scott owns 321 Roofing in Merritt Island and is a former insurance provider.
He said people are still struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic and that he would do his part. He said he is donating 10% of his sales to Second Harvest Food Bank in central Florida over the next few months.
“If I make 250, 300 houses, I can potentially add $ 250,000 to the second crop,” Scott said.
Scott started his initiative with John Kanekoa. Kanekoa is selling his home on Merritt Island, but before the sale can be completed he said he would need to replace the roof.
Kanekoa said he received several offers but ultimately chose 321 Roofing because the company helps families in need.
“Especially during this time of COVID-19, people get fed and they need it. You get my roof replaced and I need it. It’s a win-win situation, ”said Kanekoa.
Scott said he can one by one accomplish his goal by helping homeowners like Kanekoa, whose roofs may still be damaged after Hurricane Irma in 2017. Scott said the deadline for reopening an insurance claim from that storm was September.
“You don’t always see the damage right after the storm, so it’s the latent effect of all the wind on the house that you see where those shingles have risen and you don’t always see the granules and problems you have with the roof assembly Do it for the first month or two, ”said Scott.
When the state reopens and people are back to work, Second Harvest’s Dan Samuels said the need for food is still there.
“What used to be about 35 people a day looking for help on our website is now about 1,200 a day and growing,” said Samuels.
With Scott’s donation, he said they hope to provide a million meals to families in need.
“There are more than three days worth of meals that we are bringing to the church,” Samuels said.
Second Harvest said all of the money raised through this partnership will be used to purchase meals for families in Brevard County.
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