Volunteers help families who can’t make it to a food pantry

Reporter: Lois Thome
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When you go to one of Harry Chapin Food Bank’s mobile pantries, you’ll always find two things – people who need help, and people willing to help.

People like Mark, who we met at the Boys and Girls Club in Naples. 
And gary, who was waiting in line outside Sacred Heart Church in Punta Gorda.

They’re hunger helpers, helping people who are unable to get to a mobile pantry to get the food they need.

“We’re actually here to help a family that has six young children and they also foster two children,” Gary said.

Barbara Evans with the food bank explained, “It’s really simple just call the food bank and pre-arrange that so that we are aware of who’s coming in on your behalf because we recognize that there are people who cannot get out into the public. So all you have to do is call and pre-arrange it and then we know that that person comes through the line that they’re coming to pick up food for you.”

Mark said “You’ve got a lot of mothers were single mothers with children and it’s very hard on them. They have to be there at a certain time and they can’t take a break to get in line here.


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