Harry Chapin Food Bank is partnering with Publix Super Markets in “Feeding Southwest Florida,” a one-day food drive being held Saturday, Feb. 8 in Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties. Residents are invited to shop any of the 62 Publix stores across those three counties from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day to support our mission to lead our community in the fight to end hunger.
Participating is easy. Just go to a Publix store, purchase one or more items, and donate them as you leave to the food bank staff and volunteers set up in the lobby or outside. Any donation of nonperishable food is welcome, but the items most needed are breakfast bars, canned fish or chicken, beans – dry or canned, other canned vegetables, cooking oil, pasta, pasta sauce, tomato sauce, dry milk, jelly, rice, cans of soup and beef stew.
The food will be distributed through food bank programs to help feed the 1 in 8 people, including 1 in 5 children, who may not know where their next meal is coming from. These include the Care and Share: Senior Feeding Program, Harry’s Helpings, In-School Pantries, and Fulfill Mobile Pantries. The food bank also distributes food through its Partner Agency Program, a network of more than 150 partner agencies.