WHAT'S NEW AT COLLIER HARVEST?
NALC Stamp Out Hunger 2016
May 14th marked the 24th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and as always, our community gave with their hearts. Food donations received this year are estimated to be 246,000 pounds! Because of your donations, we will be able to supplement the agencies we serve with much needed food resources through the long summer months. THANK YOU!
It was a full day for our Board members, staff and over 140 volunteers stationed at our warehouse and postal branches loading and unload, sorting and boxing donated food. We are so grateful to these dedicated and hardworking individuals. Some are old friends who've been volunteering for countless years and many new friends were made and welcomed into the family we know as Collier Harvest. A special thank you goes to our favorite band, Captain Joe & the Bottomfeeders, who donates their time and talent each year to entertain us and keep us motivated during the long hours of the drive.
If you'd like to see more of the drive and the fabulous people who make it all happen, visit our Flickr page here:
Collier Harvest Stamp Out Hunger 2016
We'd like to thank the Morgan Stanley Foundation for their $2,000 gift on behalf of the volunteer efforts of Gary Davis.
Gary has been a Board member for Collier Harvest for over 10 years. He has helped promote Collier Harvest through his relationships in the local Rotary Club, Morgan Stanley and is actively involved with the food drive each year.
Thank you Gary for all you do for Collier Harvest!
Osceola Elementary School Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
The student council at Osceola Elementary held a food drive for Collier Harvest to help kick off Stamp Out Hunger. The drive was a contest between the different grade levels with all classes participating to see who could bring in the most non-perishable food items. These kids did such an amazing job!! In total, student donated 1864 items of food! With a student enrollment of 696, this means EVERY STUDENT brought in an average of at least 2 items. Our red barrels were so full we had to pick up food 4 different times during their drive. Thank you students, parents and staff of Osceola Elementary for your generosity and helping us feed our hunger neighbors!
Give Where You Live Collier 2016
We had another successful year with the Give Where You Live Collier event sponsored by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. With donations from kind individuals such as yourself and a matching grant from an anonymous donor we raised $21,800. We are so grateful for your generous support which will allow us to continue to fulfill our mission of feeding our hungry neighbors. Overall the Give Where You Live Collier event raised 4.1 million dollars for 40 nonprofit agencies that serve education and basic needs. It's amazing what we can do when we come together as a community! Congratulations to the Community Foundation of Collier County for an extremely successful event!
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.
Volunteer Schedules and Drop-offs
Volunteers can check their schedules and drop off locations to ensure that donations make it to their appointed destinations at the right time.
We are currently updating our calendar. Please check back or contact us for scheduling questions.