Published: Sep 09, 2013 6:26 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 09, 2013 6:38 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Publix shoppers can help LeeTran fight hunger through the annual “Fill Our Fleet—Feed Our Hungry” event.

LeeTran will deploy its fleet of buses to all Publix locations throughout Lee County to collect food for the Harry Chapin Food Bank on Sunday, September 15.

Right now, Publix has pre-packaged bags of groceries available at stores for purchase; individual purchases are also welcome.

This is the fifth year for the food drive. This year’s goal is to collect 100,000 pounds of food. Last year, 75,797 pounds of food and $3,145 in cash donations were collected during the one-day event.

LeeTran buses will park in the Publix parking lots from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday for shoppers to fill bins with nonperishable food.

At 3 p.m., the buses will caravan to the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fowler Street warehouse in Fort Myers, where volunteers will unload the donations. All food collected during food drives is distributed at no charge to the food bank’s participating agencies.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. The food bank distributes more than 1 million pounds of food each month. For each $1, the food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and groceries. In the past fiscal year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 16.6 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $27 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 13.8 million meals to people in need.

For more information about Harry Chapin Food Bank and this event, call (239) 334-7007 or go to