District Partners with Harry Chapin Food Bank for Food Rescue Program

August 28, 2019 Services

The School District of Lee County is excited to announce a new partnership with the Harry Chapin Food Bank to make sure extra food does not go to waste. This pilot program is making its first donation on Friday, August 30th.

“When we have long weekends or holiday breaks, we tend to have items that may perish while the students are gone,” says Director of Food and Nutrition Services Lauren Couchois. “So we are thrilled to be joining forces with the Harry Chapin Food Bank to donate those items for the community’s benefit.”

Food and Nutrition Services orders and prepares food as much as possible on an as needed basis to prevent waste, but there will be produce and other items close to their expiration date that schools can choose to donate to Harry Chapin. The food items must be in their original container and kept cold if required. The food bank will then distribute those items to its clients.

“We are excited about this opportunity to reduce waste in the school system and increase the food the food bank is able to distribute to the community,” says Harry Chapin Food Bank Programs Director Kari Lefort.

Media is invited to the first donation at 2:30pm on Friday, August 30th. The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be picked up the food at the Food and Nutrition Services Warehouse at 3308 Canal St. in Fort Myers. Interviews from both agencies will be available as well as a photo opportunity of the first donation. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you plan to attend.

For more information, contact:

Rob Spicker

Assistant Director, Media Relations & Public Information

239-461-8420

[email protected]