Walmart swept into the Harry Chapin Food Bank with a group of workers recently to provide more than $5,000 worth of improvements to spruce up our Fort Myers warehouse. The food bank appreciates their donations of goods, time and energy to help the food bank run more efficiently in its fight against hunger in Southwest Florida.
Walmart’s efforts included upgrading a food pantry in the warehouse, expanding the holding capacity to 126 feet.
In a whirlwind of activity, Pat Hall and Marty Lowman, both field project managers for Walmart, along with James Henry, Paul Gibson and Helen Allen, field supervisors, put up shelving to double the shelving space. These fixtures were donated from the Lehigh Acres Walmart store.
The new Fort Myers Beach store donated two new refrigerators and floor fatigue mats. Hall provided window coverings to help brighten up the break room. All this, along with a newly-constructed ordering area for the food bank’s partner agencies, will help improve the efficiency of food bank operations.
"We want to help the food bank and community," Hall said. "We appreciate the positive impact that the Food Bank provides to the community. This is a charity that you imminently see the benefits for the people of the community."
"We hope to do other things for the food bank to make sure they have what they need to do the wonderful things they do," Hall said.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and distributes quality food to families in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties.
The food bank serves 30,000 people per month. Half of those we serve are children and seniors. During fiscal year 2014-2015, the food bank provided 18.4 million pounds of food to its partner agencies and programs, valued at $31.3 million. This was the equivalent of 15.3 million meals to people in need.