Winn-Dixie, their customers and vendors helped local food banks fight hunger in their communities with Winn-Dixie's Hunger Relief campaign.
Recently, Winn-Dixie presented representatives from the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida with a check representing 19,283 pounds of food to feed more than 15,000 Southwest Florida families in need.
The program ran from Nov. 7 through Dec. 24. Customers donated using tear pads and scan sheets at registers and by buying specially-marked Winn-Dixie products.
All dollars raised benefit regional Feeding America-affiliated food banks, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank, to provide nutritious, fresh foods for communities across Winn-Dixie's operating area.
Winn-Dixie is a subsidiary of BI-LO Holding, which is the ninth-largest traditional supermarket chain in the United States.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 160 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly.
More than 1 million pounds of food are distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank monthly. For every dollar donated, about $6 in food value goes back into the community.
In the past fiscal year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 15 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $24.9 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 12.5 million meals to people in need.
For additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact (239) 334-7007 or go to: harrychapinfoodbank.org.