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Harry Chapin Food Bank puts out call for Thanksgiving turkeys

November 3, 2017
Special to The Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is asking the community to donate 3,000 turkeys so those in need can have a Thanksgiving dinner.

The food bank has purchased $37,500 in gift cards at $10 each to distribute to families via partner agencies. The cards are designated for the purchase of food at local supermarkets for holiday meals.

These 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.

Natural disasters place an even greater strain on those who may not know where their next meal is coming from. Hurricane Irma has limited the resources of many individuals in our region, and the long-term aftermath of the storm will likely result in higher costs for food, rent, insurance and other expenses of daily life. The Harry Chapin Food Bank is here to help.

However, the food bank could only afford to purchase 3,750 gift cards. Center officials say more turkeys will be needed so that families can celebrate Thanksgiv-ing.

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.

Here are the addresses and drop-off hours:


3760 Fowler St.

Fort Myers, FL


Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

(Please bring donations no later than 3:30 p.m.)


3940 Prospect Ave. #101

Naples, FL


Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

About the Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is a 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. In fiscal year 2016-17, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 22.3 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.6 million pounds of fresh produce. The food, valued at $37.3 million, is the equivalent of 18.6 million meals for people in need. The Harry Chapin Food Bank is 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



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