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Food Bank seeking volunteers to help sort items collected during USPS drive

By Staff | May 27, 2011

Now that the 19th annual National Letter Carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive has been completed, and the over quarter of a million pounds of food have been delivered to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, volunteers are urgently needed to sort the food for distribution to the 170 non-profit agencies associated with the food bank.

In addition to the food received from the May 14 food drive in Lee County, the food bank has increased donations of fresh produce, bread, and frozen meat obtained from local farmers and retail stores.

“As fast as the food comes through the door, we try to get it out to the agencies here in Southwest Florida that serve the families, children, and seniors who are most at risk,” said Al Brislain, Executive Director of the Food Bank. “With our snowbird volunteers gone, we are asking our local friends to give us a much-needed hand.”

Corporations and service organizations that send groups to the food bank warehouse to volunteer get a terrific return on their efforts. Individuals are just as enthusiastic about their volunteer work at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Half-day schedules are available Monday through Saturday.

Businesses, groups and individuals can call Bedzaida Bryan at 239-334-7007 ext. 141 to volunteer. Visit www.harrychapinfoodbank.org for additional details.