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Agencies to feed hungry with summer program

June 27, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, The Salvation Army, Bonita Springs Assistance United Way, United Way 211 and other human service agencies will hold the second of the summer's food distributions for people in need today, June 27, in Lehigh Acres.

The multi-agency collaboration is once again doing mobile food distributions throughout the community, targeted at hungry school-age children and their families. Last year, the program distributed more than 167,000 pounds of food to more than 11,000 families in need.

Harry Chapin Food Bank will provide food to those in need from their mobile food pantry. United Way 211 will provide information and referral to health and human services available in the area. The Salvation Army and other agencies will be conducting health screenings, such as blood pressure checks, diabetes testing and more.

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Local agencies have partnered together to distribute food to families in need. A schedule of dates and sites are planned.

The following agencies will serve as hosts for the once weekly food distributions at additional locations: Bonita Springs Assistance, Lehigh Community Services, CCMI, Pine Island Beacon of Hope and Interfaith Charities of South Lee.

The mobile food pantry schedule for July and August is as follows:

- July 11: Bonita Springs

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Future sites

- July 11: Bonita Springs

- July 18: Estero/San Carlos

- July 25: Cape Coral

- Aug. 1: Lehigh Acres

- July 18: Estero/San Carlos

- July 25: Cape Coral

- Aug. 1: Lehigh Acres

Reservations must be made before the event and is limited to the first 325 registrants. Information on the upcoming food distribution dates and locations is outlined below.

Individuals needing more information can call United Way 211 by dialing 211 or (239) 433-3900.

All sites in the month of June will have health screenings available including blood pressure, healthy heart education, diabetes screening and nutrition education.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades has been "the way the community cares" since it was established in 1957. For more information, call United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties at (239) 433-2000 or visit: www.unitedwaylee.org.

 
 

 

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