The Harry Chapin Food Bank is asking the community to donate 3,000 turkeys so those in need can have a Thanksgiving dinner.
The food bank says they have purchased $37,500 in gift cards at $10 each to distribute to families via partner agencies. The cards are designated for the purchase of food at local supermarkets for holiday meals.
These gift cards are often more economical and efficient for clients, because they can purchase their turkeys, chickens or other Thanksgiving food at the sale prices offered by the stores, making their dollar stretch further.
However, in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the food bank worries that the storm has limited the resources of many individuals in our region, and the long-term aftermath of the storm will likely result in higher costs for food, rent, insurance and other expenses of daily life.
Those who wish to donate turkeys or chickens can drop them off at the food bank’s Fort Myers Distribution Center or the new Collier County Center in Naples.
FORT MYERS: 3760 Fowler Street
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
(Please bring donations no later than 3:30 p.m.)
NAPLES: 3940 Prospect Ave. #101
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.