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@FGCU_WBB Helps Fight Hunger at The Harry Chapin Food Bank
Friday, September 20, 2013 | by Jamie Church (@jlchurch)
The women's basketball team spent time at the Harry Chapin Food Bank on Sunday
The women's basketball team spent time at the Harry Chapin Food Bank on Sunday
The team helped unload 167,000 pounds of donations
The team helped unload 167,000 pounds of donations

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball team spent time on Sunday, Sept. 15 volunteering at the Harry Chapin Food Bank in an effort to help end hunger in Southwest Florida.  It was the second-consecutive year that the team joined the Harry Chapin Food Bank to help.

The team volunteered as part of the “Fill Our Fleet to Feed the Hungry” initiative that encouraged local shoppers to load donations onto LeeTran buses parked in 34 Publix parking lots on Sunday.  After loading, the buses caravanned to the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fowler Street location where the team joined more than 100 other volunteers in unloading the donations.  With the help of the team, the packed buses were unloaded in just a few hours. 

“The Southwest Florida area has always been very good to us,” explained head coach Karl Smesko.  “By volunteering at the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the girls and our staff are able to give back to a great cause and support the community that supports us.  This organization is one that we really believe in and we are extremely happy to have been able to help in any way we could.”

The initiative more than doubled last year’s grocery donations of 76,000 pounds and even far surpassed this year’s goal of 100,000 pounds.  The team helped unload 42 buses filled with grocery donations to the tune of 167,000 pounds.  These donations will be distributed to 150 partner agencies to help fight hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. 

The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 12.5 million pounds of food last year with the help of 36,000 hours of donated time.  Since 1983, the organization has looked to overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties through education and by working in cooperative effort with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.  Last year’s volunteers donated more than 36,000 hours of time to help the Harry Chapin Food Bank.  

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