Published: Apr 02, 2014 6:39 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 02, 2014 6:43 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Nearly 200 hairstylists from across Southwest Florida will participate in this year’s Stylists Unite to Help Cut Hunger cut-a-thon on Sunday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event takes place at the Salon Professional Academy’s new location in Royal Palm Square, located at 1388 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

Benefitting the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the event will include the volunteer efforts of local hairstylists as well as Redken’s national and international artists Brayden Pelletier, Ryan Morgan, Leah Hanson and Matrix’s artist Tara Koening. Each haircut is a minimum of a $15 donation.

The community is also invited to donate nonperishable food items to participating salons including Salon Centric located at 11770 Metro Parkway, Suite 3B in Fort Myers; The Rock for Hair and Nails located at 12575 South Cleveland Avenue, Suite 8 in Fort Myers; and The Salon Professional Academy.

Stylists Unite to Help Cut Hunger’s goal this year is to raise $45,000. The Harry Chapin Food Bank can turn $45,000 into $270,000 worth of food, which can feed 30,000 people for nine months.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida was opened in 1983. Formerly known as the Lee County Food Cooperative, the Harry Chapin Food Bank has served as the only food bank in Southwest Florida. Its mission is to overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties through education and by working in a cooperative effort with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank has partnered with more than 150 agencies that provide direct services to those in need, including church food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, disaster relief agencies and more. Today, the food bank provides food for more than 30,000 individuals each month. In 2013 alone, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 17.5 million pounds of food, provided 14.6 million meals and turned every $1 into $6 worth of food for those in need.

For more information, contact Kristi Hyde at 239-462-2620 or kristihyde@msn.com,or visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stylistunitetohelpcuthunger.