Published: Oct 01, 2010 9:48 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 01, 2010 6:48 PM EDT

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Near the end of each month many families and individuals in our community face a difficult time making ends meet, especially when a weekend is approaching.

Last Friday September 24, 2010, Bonita Springs Assistance Office, Harry Chapin Food Bank and United Way Lee County partnered to distribute 13,000 lbs. pounds of food to residents of Bonita Springs.

Over 154 families and individuals received such grocery items as bread, canned food, rice, ready to make soups, fresh produce, orange juice, rice, beans, tuna and pasta. The average amount of food distributed for a family of four was 80 lbs. The food distribution started at 4:30 and ended at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers from Publix Bonita Grande Crossings, Spanish Wells Community and neighbors were on hand to help with distribution.

For over thirty years the mission of Bonita Springs Assistance Office, a 501c3 organization, has been to provide temporary relief to local residents impacted by a financial or personal crisis. The goal is to foster independence and self reliance.