Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida and the Harry Chapin Mobile Pantry teamed up to distribute nearly 10,000 pounds of food, March 26, at the Marion E. Fether Medical Center in Immokalee.
According to Katie Schweikhardt, Collier County Food Coordinator for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, the event assisted 519 adults, 498 children and 26 seniors for a total of 1,043 people representing 227 households.
“This was our second event in partnership with Harry Chapin and the turnout was considerably larger than the first,” said Lydia Posada, Director of Medical Operations for the Healthcare Network. “We are grateful for this partnership, which provides additional resources not only for our patients, but the Immokalee community as a whole.”
“Through the Naples Children’s Education Foundation Lunchboxes of Love initiative, Harry Chapin Food Bank is proud to partner with Healthcare Network,” said Schweikhardt. “We believe that healthy, nutritious food is a large component of good health.”
Founded in 1983, the Harry Chapin Food Bank provides food for more than 30,000 individuals each month. In the past fiscal year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed nearly 12.5 million pounds of food to Southwest Floridians in need, with a food value of more than $20 million.
Established by community leaders in 1977, the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is a private not-for-profit organization providing primary medical and dental care to nearly 36,000 patients annually (25,000 children) at 13 locations throughout Collier County, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®.