Connie Preu, Executive Director
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!
Volunteer Appreciation Reception
Volunteers, please mark your calendars for our Volunteer Appreciation Reception sponsored by Northern Trust which will be held Thursday, February 9th. More information to come!
Give Where You Live Collier – February 15th – 16th
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 15h and end at 11:59am on February 16th.
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 $500,000 matching funds we will receive. During that time, donations can be made to Collier Harvest through the Give Where You Live website.
Funds raised through last year’s event assisted Collier Harvest in providing additional warehouse food distributions and specific emergency food needs for 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.
2017 FOOD DRIVE!
Mark your calendars! The 2017 National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive will take place Saturday, May 13, 2017. For more than 25 years, Collier Harvest has helped collect food from Collier County residents’ mailboxes to distribute to our hungry neighbors!
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 9th 2017: Volunteer Appreciation Reception
February 15-16: Give Where You Live Collier 2017. See details.
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