Stuff The Bus

United Way of Collier County, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Publix Super Markets and Collier Area Transit are teaming up to host the fourth annual Collier County "Stuff the Bus" Food Drive on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Collier County is home to Naples, well-known as one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. However, not well-known is the fact that about 40,000 people in Collier County are food insecure. Of that number, 14,600 are children. "Food insecure" means they may not know where their next meal is coming from. About one in every four households in Collier County is struggling.
We invite the community to shop at any of the participating Publix stores listed below between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, and donate any of the following items to help "Stuff the Bus" and help feed our neighbors in need. Collier Area Transit (CAT) buses will be standing 
by to accept the food.
 
The Harry Chapin Food Bank will distribute your donations to partner agencies served in Collier County.
 
Publix stores
 
Neapolitan Way
4601 Ninth St. N.
Naples
  Riverchase
11200 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples  
  Pine Ridge Crossing
2310 Pine Ridge Rd.
Naples
 
Pelican Strand
5624 Strand Blvd.
Naples
 
Naples Walk
2450 Vanderbilt Beach 
Rd., Naples
 
Pebblebrooke
15265 Collier Blvd.
Naples
 
Marketplace at
Pelican Bay
8833 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples
 
Naples Plaza
1981 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples
 
Shops of Marco
175 Barfield Dr. 
Marco Island
Items Needed

Breakfast bars
Condiments
Canned vegetables
Macaroni and cheese
Peanut butter
Jelly or jam
Canned soup
Cereal
Pasta
Spaghetti sauce
Tuna
(canned or in a pouch)
Rice
Canned fruit
Paper towels

Little luxuries (cake mix, etc.) 
Napkins
 
To volunteer at one of the Publix stores, please visit: https://www.volunteercollier.com/STB2017 
For more information about the "Stuff the Bus" campaign, please contact the United Way Collier County at 239-261-7112 or the Harry Chapin Food Bank at 239-334-7007.
 
We thank you for supporting the fight against hunger in Southwest Florida.
About CAT
Collier Area Transit (CAT) is committed to provide safe, accessible and courteous public transportation services to our customers.
About the United Way of Collier County
United Way of Collier County works to advance the common good by focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life - education, income, health, and safety net services. A volunteer-driven organization, United Way of Collier County partners with hundreds of volunteers and 34 local charities to provide hundreds of human service programs and annually serves over 100,000 Collier residents.  United Way of Collier County's Matched Savings Program, VITA, Volunteer Collier and Collier 211 focus on making an impact in our community.
About Publix Super Markets
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 179,000 employees, with 2015 sales of $34.4 billion. Publix currently has 1,111 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for 19 consecutive years. In addition, Publix's dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company website at  corpora te.publix.com .
About the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading 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 2015-16, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 20.6 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.4 million pounds of fresh produce. The food, valued at $34 million, is the equivalent of 17 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. 
 
For more information or to make a donation, call (239) 334-7007 or visit  harrychapinfoodbank.org.
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