IT"S OUR ANNIVERSARY!
This year we celebrate 25 years serving our community and feeding our hungry neighbors. We've delivered over 17.4 million pounds of food to over 60 agencies through the years and we could not be more proud of this huge milestone! Thank you to our daily volunteers who pick up surplus food 7 days a week and so many who have volunteered their time during food drives. Thank you to those who have donated food year after year for Stamp Out Hunger and to our donors whose monetary gifts allow us to purchase healthy and nutritious food to fill empty pantries. We hope you will continue to join us in our mission to feed those in need in Collier County!
WHAT'S NEW AT COLLIER HARVEST?
2016 was a fantastic year for Collier Harvest! With the help of our volunteers, donors and grants made to us by Arthrex, FineMark National Bank & Trust, Morgan Stanley Foundation and more, we were able to make a greater impact on food availability for the agencies we serve. Here's a recap:
The Helping Hands and Food Fast Programs, which allow us to help fill our agencies' shelves when they are low or in critical need of food, were extremely busy!
We held 2 separate Spread the Love Warehouse Distributions which assisted 13 agencies with specific food needs including fresh fruit and vegetables. This helped to insure the individuals they serve where able to fill their stomachs in a nutritious and healthy way. These distributions are estimated to have helped 2400 families with extra groceries for one week!
In September, we began working with East Naples Middle School to provide groceries once a month to 50 families in need with the help of 6 local businesses:
|Moe's Southwest Grill||Rick Johnson Tire and Auto|
|Fish Crazy||IRMS, Inc.|
|Castle & Shores Real Estate||Publix Supermarkets|
This program helps families during the critical time of the month when food supplies are running low. We also provided turkeys, hams and other special foods so these families could enjoy the holidays with traditional meals together!
We rolled out our new initiative, Collier CAN! These 2 words offer so much hope and power! Collier County residents have proven we CAN come together and help fill the needs in our community. Look for Collier CAN! in conjunction with our many local food drives and projects during the coming year. We know that Collier CAN! help feed our hungry neighbors!
Many area civic organizations, businesses, churches and schools held food drives so we could continue to help those in need throughout the year. We are grateful for their time and efforts to organize these events and help us fulfill our mission of feeding the hungry.
If you would like to start a food drive at your business, school or neighborhood, please contact us to find out how!
2017 FOOD DRIVE!
Mark your calendars! The 2017 National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place Saturday, May 13, 2017.
For 25 years, Collier Harvest has helped collect food from Collier County residents’ mailboxes to distribute to our hungry neighbors! Help us join NALC in our efforts to Stamp Out Hunger!
As usual, we will need many volunteers to have a successful Food Drive. On May 13th, we will need volunteers to sort and box donated food from noon to 7 p.m. We will also need a few drivers to help pick up food from the local post offices in the weeks leading up to the Food Drive.
We always have a fun day with friends, free pizza, beverages and great music!
In addition, please plan to donate food in the days before the Food Drive! If you are a seasonal resident and would like to donate your leftover canned goods before you leave, please let your postal worker or Collier Harvest know. We will arrange to pick up your items before your leave. We can also, with management permission, place Collier Harvest food bins in mailrooms of condominiums in April and May to hold donations to be picked up regularly by either your postal worker or Collier Harvest volunteers. And, of course, on May 13th, place your canned goods by your mailbox for pickup.
Stay tuned for more details and plan to join us May 13th in our effort to provide healthy and nutritious food for our hungry neighbors!
Please come join us in our ongoing effort to wipe out hunger in our community. It only takes an hour or two of your time per week, and the rewards are immeasurable.
Our volunteers use this sheet to keep track of their deliveries, including the weight of goods delivered.
Save the Dates
February 15-16 2017: Give Where You Live Collier 2017. See details.
March 26-April 30: Satisfy the Hunger. Details coming soon!
May 13: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
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