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Kudos- The Harry Chapin Food Bank

Jul 31, 2012 07:37PM

Last year, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 3.1 million pounds of fresh produce, 44 times the amount from 2008, according to Food Resources Manager Chris Robinson, “That’s 74 semi-trucks a year,” he says.

When the campaign began four years ago, the food bank distributed 69,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables within the five counties in Southwest Florida. Robinson works with 13 to 18 farms and packing houses from Punta Gorda to Immokalee that donate produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Feeding America national program also contribute produce, he states.

The Food Bank also operates two mobile pantries in Collier County.

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