Saturday, April 17, was a milestone occasion for Our Daily Bread Food Pantry (ODBFP) as they gathered their volunteers to say THANKS A MILLON to Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB). On April 13, ODBFP surpassed one million pounds of food received through their partnership with HCFB. To be exact – it was 1,013,112 pounds!
According to Liz Pecora, Vice President for Development and Communications for ODBFP, “We are so excited to celebrate a wonderful partnership with the Harry Chapin Food Bank. We are blessed to be one of the many food pantries all over Collier County that depend on this reliable source of food for our guests.”
ODBFP has risen to the challenge of a 400 percent increase in need this past year with demand continuing to rise. Harry Chapin Food Bank supplies about one-third of the food pantry’s need, most of which is free.
Molly Chipman, Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Partner Relations Manager, was part of the celebration. HCFB is a member of Feeding America and is the largest hunger relief organization in Southwest Florida serving Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties. They rescue food and distribute it through their food distribution programs, a network of more than 150 partner agencies that feed people in need. Through these programs, such as ODBFP, they feed more than a quarter of a million people each month.
ODBFP President, Jo Anne Lundquist, thanked all the volunteers for ordering the food, unloading and moving the food, distributing the food to all the guests in their cars, registering guests and all the many volunteers behind the scenes that make a difference in the community. Also, a big thank you to all their local grocery store partners.
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry was launched in 2016 and began serving the needs of school children on weekends by providing backpacks stuffed with food on Fridays. Since then, ODBFP has grown their services to include a weekly brick and mortar food pantry on Winterberry Drive and a mobile food pantry.
Below is the list of their daily critical needs to stock up the pantry of families and children in the community: peanut butter 16-oz., squeeze jelly, spaghetti and spaghetti sauce, cooking oil in small bottles, mayonnaise and mustard in small jars, macaroni and cheese, fruit cups, canned protein meals such as beef stew and chili, boxed dinners like Hamburger Helper, potatoes, ramen noodles, canned bean, vegetables, and canned fruits.
You can drop off your donations to ODBFP at 1450 Winterberry Drive (back of the building at Auburndale Avenue). Other drop off locations are located at the Bargain Basket, Chamber of Commerce, Keep in Touch, Marco Island Post Office, San Marco Catholic Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, New Life Community Church, YMCA, and Winn-Dixie.
Or would you like to make a donation that won’t cost you a cent? It is easy with Amazon Smile. Once you are set up, a portion of every purchase you make on Amazon goes to ODBFP. This is a one-time set-up at: smile.amazon.com.
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry is an all-volunteer organization with more than 500 volunteers lending their skills and expertise to serve the community. To learn more about ODBFP, please visit their website at: www.ourdailybreadfoodpantry.com.