LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Tomorrow, you can help put food on the table for stuggling families in Southwest Florida. The annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk gets underway at Miromar Outlets at 9:30 a.m. One local business is showing us why the need is greater than ever.
Garden Street Iron and Metal is the presenting sponsor of this year's Hunger Walk to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank and here's why: take a look at the tons of scrap metal shown in the video. Company leaders say a lot of it is coming in from people who need the money to feed their families. Company president Robert Weber said people come by every day to drop off old appliances and similar items. He said many of them find the items in their neighborhoods or at the end of driveways, and they use the money they get at Garden Street to buy food. Weber said while some may say the economy is improving, it hasn't trickled down to the people of Lee County.
"A lot of people, we see them...it's the difference of whether or not they're gonna eat that night, and they use it to supplement their income or whatever to be able to feed their families," said Weber.
You can still help us reach our goal to raise $300,000 by tomorrow's Hunger Walk. We're about $70,000 shy right now, and every dollar you donate equals $6 worth of food that Harry Chapin can give to those in need.