Long a resource for struggling families in Southwest Florida, the Harry Chapin Food Bank began four years ago a specific effort to provide more fresh food - fruits and vegetables - to the region.
Immokalee farmers, growers and packing houses have been more than willing to help out in the effort.
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That's "mission accomplished" for Harry Chapin and its "fresh produce rescue" initiative to provide healthier alternatives. The aim also is to reduce starchy, carbohydrate-laden foods that are traditional food bank staples.
When the campaign was ramping up in 2008, the food bank distributed 69,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables within the five counties in Southwest Florida.
Last year, 3.1 million pounds of fresh produce was distributed, 44 times the amount from 2008, said Chris Robinson, food resources manager at Harry Chapin.
"That's 74 semi-trucks a year," he said.