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The Harry Chapin Food Bank asks for help to fill ‘the turkey gap’

November 14, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, the local food bank is running far short in turkey donations this year.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is hoping to distribute 3,000 turkeys, but only about 100 have been donated so far.

The food bank has also purchased $35,000 in gift cards, at $10 each, to distribute to families via its partner agencies. The cards are designated for the purchase of food at local supermarkets for holiday meals.

The gift cards are often more economical and efficient for clients because they can purchase their turkeys, chickens or other Thanksgiving food at the sale prices offered by the stores, making their dollar stretch further, officials said.

"But we want to continue the tradition of helping families put a Thanksgiving bird on the table, in addition to the gift cards," the agency said in a release issued Monday. "We're asking the community to help.

Those who wish to donate turkeys or chickens can drop them off at the food bank's Fort Myers Distribution Center or the new Collier County Center in Naples from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information or questions, call 239-334-7007.

* FORT MYERS

3760 Fowler St.

Fort Myers, FL

* NAPLES

3940 Prospect Ave. #101

Naples, FL

-Source: Harry Chapin Food Bank

 
 

 

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