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Food bank seeks volunteers

June 12, 2013
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

Time is valuable.?Volunteering is invaluable

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida needs volunteers to help sort, inspect and pack donated food. Why get involved? Volunteering at the food bank is a great way to help our community, to meet people, and to complete service hours if you're a student. Plus, our volunteers help to feed more than 30,000 people a month through a network of 150 partner agencies in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Warehouse volunteers are required to bend, lift and stand as they move food in a bustling environment. Volunteers work three-hour shifts in the morning or afternoon. We could really use help on Mondays and Wednesdays.

We can also use help with our mobile pantries. These distributions are held outside, typically at community centers, schools and partner-agency locations throughout our five-county service area. Volunteers help to set up and stock tables with food as clients make their way through a line. At the end of the shift, volunteers help the food bank put away tables and any remaining food. Mobile-pantry shifts are usually three to four hours long.

Contact volunteer manager Bedzaida Bryen at 334-7007 extension 141 or Bedzaidabryen@harrychapinfoodbank.org for more information.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is located at 3760 Fowler St. in Fort Myers and 2221 Corporation Blvd. in Naples. Visit www.harrychapinfoodbank.org for more details.

Joyce Jacobs

Associate Director

Harry Chapin Food Bank

 
 

 

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