FHP launches ‘Stuff the Charger’ campaign to collect food for families in need

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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The Florida Highway Patrol has launched its annual “Stuff The Charger” campaign, collecting food for families in need.

It’s the fifth year troopers have helped feed the community they serve.

“Our troopers live in the communities, we live in the communities, and we know there’s a lot of people out there hurting,” said Lt. Greg Bueno.

The food collected will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, something CEO Richard Leber is thankful for.

“This is an important source of food for us,” Leber said. “We’re very grateful to the highway patrol for their leadership and helping us organize this.”

Leber deals every day with people who are struggling to put food on the table.

“This year, in particular, we’re seeing great increase in demand,” he said.

“We ask people to make sure they take care of themselves and their friends and family first.”

Bueno agrees.

“Our troopers are reaching into their own pockets or getting into our pantries, getting with our local grocery stores, we’re trying to take care of it ourselves but we’re also, of course, welcoming the public if they would like to participate.”

With COVID-19, they’re taking extra precautions.

“We want to be as COVID compliant as possible and safe with social distancing and wearing a mask,” Bueno said.

Nonperishable food items can be dropped off through Nov. 30 at any FHP office, including the following locations in Southwest Florida:

10041 Daniels Pkwy.
Fort Myers, FL 33913

5023 53rd Ave. E.
Bradenton, FL 34203

4010 South Tamiami Trl.
Venice, FL 34293


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