'Stamp Out Hunger' food drive will feed SWFL needy
By Colleen Hogan. CREATED May 12, 2012
NAPLES, Fla. - Did you leave food out for your mail carrier Saturday?
If you did, you helped local families get the food they need but can't afford. It's all part of the annual 'Stamp Out Hunger' food drive by our nations mail carriers.
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan was with volunteers in Naples as they sorted donations.
Collier County teacher and volunteer Kelley Costin sees hungry kids in her classroom every day.
"I just think about the kids that are hungry and I see them when they come to school," Costin said.
To combat hunger in Collier County, an army of people with Collier Harvest and several other organizations are sorting food that the mail carriers have collected.
"We have people coming from the Everglades, we have people coming from Immokalee, we have people coming from Golden Gate," Collier Harvest executive director Connie Preu.
Collier Harvest has been working with the 'Stamp Out Hunger' drive for the past 20 years.
"People don't realize how many people are hungry in our county," Preu said. "It's so pretty and it's so beautiful here and we don't realize how many people need food."
The food collected will hopefully feed the hungry in Collier until the fall. At least 40 different agencies will benefit from what's collected.
"I get phone calls every day and they're always saying 'This is my first time I've had to have food, please help me" she said, "and it breaks your heart."
"There are a lot of kids that go hungry," Costin said.
If you missed Saturday's 'Stamp Out Hunger' event but want to help, you can always volunteer your time or drop off food and money to Collier Harvest. We have their contact information on the Big Red 4.
Colleen Hogan, reporter