(September 24, 2014 – Naples, FL)
The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for The Salvation Army, when the neediest of families and individuals flock to their doors for assistance and try to make ends meet. Currently, The Salvation Army of Collier County is in need of donated canned food and non-perishables to stock their near-empty food pantry in preparation for the upcoming season.
“We serve and help the destitute during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Currently, our food pantry is near empty and we are concerned as we approach our busiest season when families arrive at our doors seeking food. We rely on the generosity of local residents to help us help those in need,” said Major Dan Proctor, Regional Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Collier County.
In an effort to fill the food pantry, The Salvation Army is requesting any donations to be dropped-off at its Administrative Annex located at 3050 Horseshoe Drive North, Building B, Suite #260, Naples, Florida 34104 Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Please consider donating the following:
• Canned food, canned meats such as salmon, chicken and tuna.
• Packaged rice and pasta
• Canned Beans or dry packaged beans
• Peanut Butter
• Cereal and oatmeal
• Baby formula and canned baby food
• Evaporated, dry or shelf stable milk
• Canned or boxed soup
• Canned fruits and vegetables
The Salvation Army’s food pantry serves hundreds of clients in Collier County each month. Without the generous support of individuals, groups and schools in our community, the Army would not be able to meet the basic nutrition needs of these families.
Additionally, the schools of Collier County will once again be participating in an annual food drive collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items. The Holiday Food Drive will begin October 6th and continue through October 31st. Please bring any donations to your local participating school for pick-up.
“The kindness and support from our community, makes it possible for The Salvation Army Naples Regional Coordinate to turn stories of hunger into visions of hope. We are deeply grateful for every dollar or can of food donated, every gift-in-kind, and every volunteer hour provided to help us meet the needs of those most in need,” concludes Major Dan Proctor.
The Salvation Army has been serving Collier County since 1981, with offices in Naples and Immokalee. More than 47,000 residents are assisted annually.