Press Release: HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK THANKS COMMUNITY FOR FOOD DONATIONS

Tags: Lee County

The Harry Chapin Food Bank
3760 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, FL  33901 

For Release:
Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130
May 14, 2015
Cell:  239-839-4143
joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK THANKS COMMUNITY FOR FOOD DONATIONS

Lee County residents donated 401,478 pounds of food during the 23rd annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 9. The “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive for the food bank. As a lead recipient, the Harry Chapin Food Bank received 248,430 pounds of food to distribute to its partner agencies.

In Lee County, 250 Harry Chapin Food Bank volunteers sorted donated food at seven collection points, and several more volunteers helped letter carriers collect food left by mailboxes on various routes. George Sciascia of the U.S. Postal Service coordinated the food drive, and the United Way assisted in soliciting and assigning other volunteers. Publix Supermarkets provided collection grocery bags reminding residents of the food drive. Publix employees also volunteered on Saturday.

“We are so thankful to the letter carriers, the U.S. Postal Service, United Way and the community for their tremendous support. In one day, they came together and made an exceptional contribution to the fight against hunger during the difficult summer season,” said Al Brislain, Harry Chapin Food Bank President and CEO.

Those who were not able to participate in the food drive may still do so by taking nonperishable food items to the Harry Chapin Food Bank warehouse in Fort Myers.  Checks can also be made payable to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and sent to 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL  33901.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, a Feeding America affiliate, solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly.  Over 1 million pounds of food are distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank monthly.  For each $1, the food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and supplies.  In the past fiscal year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 19.6  million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $33.7 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 16.3 million meals to people in need.

For additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 239-334-7007 or go to harrychapinfoodbank.org/donate.

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