FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 29, 2014) – More than 320 families received 17,340 pounds of fresh, nutritious food Monday thanks to Walmart associates and a $140,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program that has provided a new refrigerated truck to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The truck was unveiled during mobile pantry distribution at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 211 W. Charlotte Ave., in Punta Gorda.
This vehicle will enable us to serve more families, more communities, and do so more efficiently,” said Al Brislain, President and CEO, of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. “The Walmart Foundation’s generous gift will feed families for many years to come.”
A total of 1,085 people received the equivalent of 14,450 meals. Those served included 372 children and 157 seniors. Friends Marion Platt and Minnie Mitchell received fresh corn and staples such as peanut butter and macaroni and cheese to help feed their families. “The food is a huge help, and it will help me carry over until the next month,” said Platt before her 20-minute walk home. Fourteen Walmart associates and volunteers with St. Vincent de Paul helped to distribute the food.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. In 2013, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 17.5 million pounds of food, provided 14.6 million meals and turned every $1 into $6 worth of food for those in need.
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