The Harry Chapin Food Bank is expanding its outreach, teaming up with Wake Up America of Southwest Florida to supply food free of charge to nearly 100 local social service organizations.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Both organizations have been serving the hungry for decades. Now, Harry Chapin is expanding its services to become Wake Up America's new collection and distribution site. Wake Up America takes surplus food donations from stores and manufacturers to give to the community.
"They serve not only some of the agencies we serve, but some other agencies, so we'll be expanding our services," said Al Breslain, executive director of Harry Chapin Food Bank.
The two organizations came together Monday afternoon for a celebratory luncheon to bring volunteers together in the new partnership.
Changing policies and a lack of volunteers have forced Wake Up America to find new resources to keep up their service. They will shut down their distribution center, currently at 2135 Central Avenue, on July 26.
"We're really excited Harry Chapin has offered to take all of our agencies in and to work with us to make sure there's nobody left out anywhere and that nobody will go hungry," said Belinda Harper, board president of Wake Up America.
Harry Chapin has been serving the southwest Florida community since 1983. They provide perishable and non-perishable food to over 30,000 people in need monthly.