The Clewiston News

U.S. Sugar supports Harry Chapin Food Bank during holiday season

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida announced today that Clewiston-based U.S. Sugar has provided a $10,000 gift to help feed families in Glades and Hendry counties. U.S. Sugar’s contribution will support two mobile pantries during the holidays and into the New Year. The company will also sponsor WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk on Jan. 16.

“Support from local businesses is critical to our success of providing direct services to those in need, especially during this time of year,” said Toby Ives, the food bank’s interim president and CEO. “We are grateful to U.S. Sugar for its support, which will help to make a difference in the lives of countless individuals in our region.”

“As a company with a long farming history growing crops for families in Florida and around the country, we are proud to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s efforts to feed families in need this holiday season,” said Judy Sanchez, senior director of corporate communications and public affairs for U.S. Sugar. “The holiday season is a time of giving, and giving back to our local communities is a priority shared by our farmers and our employees.”

“The Harry Chapin Food Bank is a huge asset to our community. It is a top-ranked charity with a great group of staff and volunteers,” said Bianca Ross, U.S. Sugar’s director of community relations and a member of the Harry Chapin Food Bank Board of Directors. “U.S. Sugar is proud to partner with HCFB to feed families across Southwest Florida.”

The food bank’s mobile pantry program is an efficient, effective way to provide food to children, families and others in need.

The food bank works with partner agencies and others to coordinate locations and partnerships to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and staples to clients who would otherwise not be able to access such food. The food bank’s mobile pantry trucks come to community centers, schools and other central locations where food is distributed directly to clients.

A single mobile pantry can provide food to 200 to 300 families in about two hours.
About the Food Bank

A member of Feeding America, the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida works with 150 partner agencies that operate food pantries and other food programs in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties.

With the help of partner agencies, the food bank is to provide fresh, nutritious food and other essentials to about 30,000 people each month, including 12,000 children and 3,000 seniors at risk of hunger.
During fiscal year 2014-2015, the food bank distributed 18.4 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 15.3 million meals – to children, working-poor families, seniors and others.