The food bank benefits from the Naples Daily News’ annual Satisfy the Hunger campaign.
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of weekly stories over the next month highlighting the need to Satisfy The Hunger, a Naples Daily News initiative. In its second year, the campaign collects food donations and raises money and awareness about hunger in Southwest Florida.
At about 8 a.m. Thursday in Naples, about 10 men and women enter a large warehouse filled with towers of cardboard boxes and plastic crates waiting to be filled with food.
The main attraction?
They slip their hands into plastic gloves and begin sorting through the colorful vegetables and placing them inside tightly sealed plastic bags.
These men and women are volunteers with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, which warehouses, repackages and distributes food across the region to more than 150 food relief agencies, such as Grace Place for Children & Families and the Jewish Family & Community Services of Southwest Florida.
Inside the Naples warehouse, a large banner hangs on a wall, displaying a photo of a young girl sitting next to packaged loaves of bread. It serves as a reminder to the volunteers and employees that their work has the ability to help families in need.
Ruth Anderson-Zabre, 73, doesn’t need to be reminded. The part-time Naples resident has volunteered at the warehouse every week for the past two months because she wants to help struggling families in her own way. She…