The May food drive is fun!
So many wonderful things are happening at Collier Harvest! We are truly blessed!
We have been very busy since our last newsletter. A thank you to all of our regular volunteers who daily pickup recyclable foods from local outlets and deliver them to our partner agencies! You are the heart of our organization!
In December, Collier Harvest helped the Salvation Army with provide holiday meals when they were 850 meals short. We went shopping with money that was donated to us and were able to help fill this shortage. Many hungry families enjoyed a nourishing holiday meal with the help of Collier Harvest!
Collier Harvest is now helping Bonita Springs Middle School, a school where eighty percent of the students participate in the free lunch program. Bonita Springs Middle hosts a program named AVID which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. Students in this program learn about the importance of helping their neighbors and going to college. In December, Collier Harvest again went shopping and took food and grocery bags to Bonita Middle. The students filled all the bags with groceries and took them to their neighbors for the holidays when free lunches are not available and children go hungry.
Give Where You Live 30
Collier Harvest was recently chosen to participate in Give Where You Live 30, conducted by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. This Collier County-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy selected 30 nonprofit agencies that focus on human services and education in our community to help support through online giving. The event takes place from noon on March 3rd through noon on March 4th. During that time, donations made to Collier Harvest and the other 29 organizations through their website:
Any donations contributed to Collier Harvest during this donation drive will be tabulated as a percentage of all the donations to Give Where You Live 30. Then, a similar percentage of matching funds (up to $300,000) will be available to us! If you are considering donating to Collier Harvest Foundation in the near future, please consider visiting THIS SITE and donating on March 3rd or 4th. The value of your donation will increase!!
Great Dock Canoe Races
On May 9th, Collier Harvest will be the charity of choice at the Great Dock Canoe Races!!!! This is a wonderful opportunity for us. Not only will $5,000 be donated to us, but our mission will be spread during the races, and our logo will be on all their shirts and posters as well as their website. What a great opportunity for us to reach out to our community and create more awareness of the need here!
We would like to thank our donors for their generous contributions this year to Collier Harvest. Our donors include:
Andrew S. Aileen Foundation $25,000
Fine Mark Bank $5,000
The Colony Project
100+ Women Who Care of Southwest Florida
The Great Dock Canoe Races
Their contributions are allowing us to meet the specialized needs of our agencies and develop new programs to help our community even further. Collier Harvest is very blessed. Our ability to help more people continues to grow. None of this could happen without our volunteers. Collier Harvest Foundation is built on YOU!
Our Mission at Collier Harvest Foundation is simple. We are dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food to our hungry neighbors across Collier County. We have committed to being a reliable and trustworthy source of food provisions for over 40 partner agencies supporting thousands of families in our community.
Since our inception in 1992 Collier Harvest has delivered millions of pounds of food to over 60 local social service agencies that serve the needy citizens of Collier County, Florida. By recovering this unused food and using it to feed the needy, our volunteers have enabled local charities to substantially expand their services by enabling them to allocate a larger portion of their budgets to non-food services.
In addition to food donations, Collier Harvest now accepts monetary donations. Although we keep our administrative costs low and our volunteers use their own personal vehicles and fuel to deliver the donated food, we still require some monetary support to fulfill our mission. Please contact us if you are interesting in making a donation.
Please come join us in our ongoing effort to wipe out hunger in our community. It only takes an hour or two of your time per week, and the rewards are immeasurable.
Our volunteers use this sheet to keep track of their deliveries, including the weight of goods delivered.
Our semi-annual newsletter keeps memebers and non-members aware of our efforts to feed the hungry in Collier County and Southwest Florida.
Our volunteers use our calendar to keep track of pickup and drop off schedules in addition to organization events.