Give Where You Live Collier
Collier Harvest is once again a proud participant of Give Where You Live Collier, our region’s charitable 24-hour online giving challenge organized by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. This exciting event is set to launch at 12:00pm on February 29th and end at 11:59am on March 1st.
We are asking for your support to give whatever you can because every gift will be multiplied through a matching fund. The more money we raise the larger percentage of the $400,000 matching funds we will receive. During that time, donations can be made to Collier Harvest through their website:
Funds raised through last year’s event assisted Collier Harvest in providing additional warehouse food distributions and specific emergency food needs to 16 local agencies. We also purchased over 550 bags of groceries to distribute to needy families, helping ease hunger and fill empty stomachs across our area.
All of this is done at no cost to the agencies we serve!
Please share the news with friends and family so that Collier Harvest can reach our goal of $25,000 during this 24 hours of local giving.
Important: Please remember to choose the Collier Harvest profile before you donate money through the GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org website!
WHAT'S NEW AT COLLIER HARVEST?
2015 was a fantastic year for Collier Harvest! With the help of our volunteers, donors and grants made to us by Trinity-By-The-Cove, The Community Foundation of Collier County and the Collier County Woman's Bar Association, we were able to greatly help 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, was extremely busy! We assisted Providence House, Sunlight Homes, Youth Haven, Grace Place, Salvation Army and numerous churches in Naples and Immokalee throughout the year. We reacted to specific food needs to insure the individuals and families they serve where able to fill their stomachs in a nutritious and healthy way. This program also assisted Cypress Middle School's EBD program with snacks for 35 children throughout the school year. These snack contain necessary carbohydrates which helps give the students needed energy and focus during class.
Spread the Love. Later this month Collier Harvest will be holding an additional warehouse distribution to assist local agencies by supplying canned protein, soups and vegetables, peanut butter, carbohydrates and fresh produce. This distribution could not be done without the generous grants we received from Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church and the Community Foundation of Collier County.
2016 FOOD DRIVE!
Mark your calendars! The 2016 National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive will take place Saturday, May 14, 2016.
For more than 20 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 14th, 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 14th, place your canned goods by your mailbox for pickup.
Stay tuned for more details and plan to join us May 14th in our effort to provide healthy and nutritious food for our hungry neighbors!
Collier Harvest Foundation is dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food to our hungry neighbors across Collier and southern Lee counties.
Since our inception in 1992 Collier Harvest has delivered millions of pounds of food to over 60 local social service agencies that serve the needy citizens of Collier County, Florida. By recovering this unused food and using it to feed the needy, our volunteers have enabled local charities to substantially expand their services by enabling them to allocate a larger portion of their budgets to non-food services.
In addition to food donations, Collier Harvest now accepts monetary donations. Although we keep our administrative costs low and our volunteers use their own personal vehicles and fuel to deliver the donated food, we still require some monetary support to fulfill our mission. Please contact us if you are interesting in making a donation.
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.
Our semi-annual newsletter keeps memebers and non-members aware of our efforts to feed the hungry in Collier County and Southwest Florida.
We are currently updating our calendar. Please check back or contact us for scheduling questions.