Food donations

 


Our Mission

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


How We Work

We have three programs at Collier Harvest:

Helping Hands:  We use surplus distribution from food drives and daily retail collections to feed our neighbors.
Food Fast:  We supply our partner agencies with specific foods requested on an immediate basis.
Helping Kids Care:  We educate students in local schools about the needs of the hungry and the agencies that serve them.


Our History

When we first began in 1992, we had roughly a dozen volunteers working our food recovery program serving approximately fourteen social service agencies in the Greater Naples area. Today we 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, our volunteers have enabled local agencies to expand their services by allowing them to allocate a larger portion of their budgets to non-food services.

Our 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 we collect on average 250,000 pounds of food in one weekend during our NALC food drive!


Legal Status

Collier Harvest operates under both Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service tax code of 1986 and the 1996 Good Samaritan Act, which protects our volunteers from any liability resulting from our operation. However, all transport volunteers are required to have insurance for automobiles that transport food. Due to liability issues, neither Collier Harvest nor our volunteers may deliver food directly to any individuals, for this reason we work directly with agencies and groups who have a 501-C 3 status. In addition, we require that all of our food be passed along to the needy at no charge to the individual. To learn more about the commitments required to be a Collier Harvest volunteer, please review our Agreement to Serve.

 

Our Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff
 Connie Preu Annette Kirk Carol Harris
 Executive Director Database Administrator Volunteer Coordinator
 email: connie@collierharvest.org email: annette@collierharvest.org email: carolCH@gmail.com


Collier Harvest Board Members Board Members, 2017
Seated from left to right: Julie Messenger, Michelle Paradis,
Tara Davenport, Mike Edwards
Standing from left to right: John Kennedy, Walter Harris,
Jack Thompson, Jim Paradis, Yale Freeman, Jim Rice
Not pictured: Gary Davis, Chuck Kelly, Bert Paradis (Emeritus)

Our Trustees

To function effectively in order to address the needs of southwest Florida, a local agency must rely on the leadership of well-focused board members. Collier Harvest is fortunate and thankful to have the guidance of the following individuals who give freely of their time and talents.

     
Jim Paradis - President            
Yale Freeman - Vice President            
Gary Davis - Treasurer            
Julie Messenger - Secretary            
   
Tara Davenport Bert Paradis (Emeritus)
Walter Harris Michelle Paradis
Chuck Kelly - Attorney Jim Rice
John Kennedy Jack Thompson
Mike Miller