Editor:

Thank you, Charlotte County residents, for your generosity. Local food pantries received 28,265 pounds of food collected on Feb. 24.

The tenth annual “Feed the Harbor” food drive was organized by a committee representing five churches, and the food collected was distributed to 28 local food pantries. Churches, shoppers, approximately 175 volunteers from churches, the Boy Scouts, in-kind donors, Publix stores, HELP and pantries helped make this ecumenical event very successful.

I am told the dollar value of food collected is almost $50,000. That is a great impact for a one-day event. The more significant impact is on the people who will be helped because you shared what you have with those who have less.

Many churches participated by asking their congregations and parishioners to shop after church the weekend of Feb. 24. Many in this wonderful community doing their Sunday shopping were unaware of the event in advance but were given shopping lists and donated food purchases. As a bonus, our kids and grandkids who shopped got to experience a life lesson in giving.

All Publix stores in Charlotte County were very supportive in assisting with this event. In-kind donations from The Joy FM, iHeart radio, Extra Space Self Storage, Five Star Realty and Jerry Hayes of Remax Anchor Realty in Punta Gorda also helped make this event happen.

Thank you again for helping meet the needs of the less fortunate in Charlotte County.

Bill Martin

Punta Gorda

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