Local federal employees who
are affected by the government shutdown and struggling to buy groceries and
other necessities can find help from a mobile food pantry on Friday, January 18th
from 11:00 to 1:30 p.m. at Southwest Florida International Airport. The
pantry will be at 16000 Chamberlin Parkway, Lot #12.
A second mobile pantry will be
held at the same location from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 25th.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank,
the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, Lee County Human
& Veteran Services and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation are
partnering to hold the pantry, primarily for TSA and air traffic controllers;
however, all local federal employees who need help are invited.
Local TSA officials say 393
employees are being affected by the federal government shutdown, now in its 26th
day. People in need will receive non-perishable food along with bread and
produce. In addition, United Way 211 will provide information and referrals to
other available resources. United Way 211 is a
free 24-hour non-emergency helpline for health and social services that provide
food, housing, child care, veterans services, and more in Lee, Hendry and
Glades Counties. To contact United Way211, simply dial 2-1-1, or (239) 433-3900
“The current shutdown has
created an economic emergency for many government employees and their
families,” said Richard LeBer, president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
“We’re glad to be able to provide some assistance to those who are struggling
to feed their families.”
Cliff Smith, president of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades,
and Okeechobee Counties, added: “Our United Way and our United
Way 211 program are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Harry
Chapin Food Bank, the Lee County Department of Human and Veteran Services, and
the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to support our local federal
employees who have been impacted by the shutdown. The well-being of these
hard- working employees and their families is very important to all of our
organizations and to our community.”
United Way of Lee County
United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has raised and distributed
over $167 million since it was established in 1957.
money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help
support the local human service network. United Way Partner Agencies and
initiatives include: The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Partners
for Breast Cancer Care, Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and
United Way 211, to mention a few. These agencies serve a diverse range of needs
in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families,
and meeting critical needs like helping the elderly and disabled live
independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services
addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the
United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and
initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions
that continue to improve lives. For more information please call United
Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee at (239) 433-2000 or visit www.UnitedWayLee.org.
the Harry Chapin Food Bank
Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading hunger-relief
organization in Southwest Florida. The food bank solicits, collects and stores
food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of more
than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry
counties, providing food to about 28,000 people a week.
dollar donated, the food bank can provide $8 in food value. In fiscal year
2017-18, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 24 million pounds of food and
other grocery items, including 6.4 million pounds of fresh produce. The food,
valued at $41.5 million, is the equivalent of 20 million meals for people in
Harry Chapin Food Bank is also recognized as a four-star organization by
Charity Navigator, the national nonprofit watchdog organization. The food bank
is also a United Way partner agency. For more information or to make a donation, call (239)
334-7007 or visit harrychapinfoodbank.org.