CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank's newest truck is making deliveries. There were tears of joy as volunteers unloaded a brand new truck filled with fresh produce, meat and other essential items.
The recipients had waited more than three hours at St. Vincent de Paul in Port Charlotte for the delivery
"To be able to help someone like me, someone they don't even know, that don't know my story and don't know anyone else's story here. It's just overwhelming," said Beckie Tokarski.
Vicki Woods agreed, "I'm glad they are helping us, low-income and people who are in need. It helps out quite a bit."
Harry Chapin Food Bank was in need itself. Last year, thieves stole a refrigerated truck right out of the organization's parking lot.
The food bank got a replacement truck, but that too was stolen. Today, the new set of wheels was made possible with a $125,000 grant from the Mosaic Company Foundation
"Last year we distributed almost 1.9 million pounds and we're expecting to increase that by at least 10 percent so that gives you some idea what the need is like," said Harry Chapin's Miriam Pereira.
She hopes the new 24-foot refridgerated truck will help make up for lost time.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank provides food to more than 30,000 people every month to people in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties.