Blanche Johnson, one of the coordinators of the event, said that an extraordinary thing happened this year to bring that total up a bit more.
“An anonymous person entered Hudson’s Grocery, saw the Harry Chapin brown food bags and asked about them,” she said. “That person gave the ladies at Hudson’s $500 cash for the food bank, but the gentleman refused to identify himself.”
That made the grand total for the 2012 “Taste” $31,500.
Thursday, March 1 marked the first day for the spring Harry Chapin Food Drive. It will run through April 13, and barrels will be placed at the Boca Grande Post Office, the First Baptist Church and the United Methodist Church, Hudson’s Grocery, Gil’s Grocery and at Sea Oats.
This time the food drive organizers are hoping for their biggest haul yet – more than 2,000 pounds (yes, that’s a ton) of food.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank works in partnership with 170 food relief agencies located throughout Southwest Florida. These Partner Agencies help get food and other essentials to children and adults at risk of hunger. Our network includes food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency organizations, shelters, daycare centers, residential centers, rehabilitation centers, missions, and senior and youth centers. .... to provide nutritious and balanced meals and groceries to families, children, senior adults, homeless people, home bound individuals, and the working poor -- all of whom are at risk of going hungry in their communities.
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