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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Martin de St. Pierre, Director of Development
Email: martin.destpierre@uss.salvationarmy.org

critical need

This is a time of critical need for many families since the additional costs of returning to school coincide with the time of year when many families experience economic hardship due to the seasonal nature of their employment. With the current economic conditions and higher rent cost, coupled with the rising costs of food, assistance is more important than ever for those facing financial hardships.

Our food pantry sees nearly double the number of clients in the summer months. We supply our pantry in part with food from The Collier Harvest Stamp Out The Hunger Food Drive which collected 267,000 pounds of food earlier this year. All of that food has now been used.

When you make a donation to The Salvation Army Naples Regional Coordinate, you not only help put a meal on someone’s table, you take a hard decision off of their plate. Your gifts provide hope, in the form of food, to those in our community who need it most. Thank you for your support!

Greatest needs:
Cash donations allows us to purchase needed items
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  • Canned Meats such as salmon, chicken, tuna, spam, sardines, Vienna sausages and potted meat
  • Canned beans or dry packaged beans
  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Rice
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Evaporated, dry or shelf stable milk
  • Boxed Meals
  • Canned or boxed soup
  • Beef stew
  • Tea
Household and other Goods

We also accept basic household items. Frequently needed toiletry items include toilet paper, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Other useful household items include dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, and dish soap. We also accept diapers and other baby products.

Restrictions:
  • We cannot accept over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal supplements or recently expired food.
  • We cannnot accept home canned or homemade goods. The Salvation Army is not able to redistribute these items.
  • All products must be in original packaging with proper labels for distribution.
About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been serving Collier County since 1981, with offices in Naples and Immokalee. Nearly 48,000 residents are assisted annually

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a wide array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Learn more about The Salvation Army in Collier County at www.SalvationArmyNaples.org.

About Collier Harvest

Collier Harvest Foundation is dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food to our hungry neighbors across Collier and southern Lee counties.

Collier Harvest first began in 1992 with roughly a dozen volunteers working in a food recovery program serving approximately fourteen social service agencies in the Greater Naples area. Today they have scores of regular volunteers and serve 40 agencies that assist the needy citizens of Collier and southern Lee Counties. By recovering this unused food and using it to feed the needy, their volunteers have enabled local agencies to expand their services by allowing them to allocate a larger portion of their budgets to non-food services.

Their biggest event of the year occurs on the second weekend in May during the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. On this occasion, hundreds of volunteers pitch in with postal workers and corporate sponsors from around the region to deliver non-perishable food items to local relief agencies. Annually they collect on average 250,000 pounds of food in one weekend during our NALC food drive! http://www.collierharvest.org/index.html

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