New Senior food program launches in Southwest Florida

Posted at 7:03 AM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 07:03:43-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank has launched a new Care & Share program to help feed more than 2,200 low-income seniors in Southwest Florida.

The new program replaces the government- sponsored Commodity Supplemental Food Program, known as CSFP, which ended July 1st

"Many of them have a few hundred dollars a month they are living on. A lot of them have medical issues so making budgets balanced and finding food and getting to the grocery store is a physical challenge for a lot of them," said CEO Richard LeBer. 

Distribution begins Monday at sites in Naples, Immokalee, Lehigh Acres and North Fort Myers. Distributions to other areas will happen throughout the month. 

The new program will cost the food bank $1.1 million. The food bank needs to raise $700,000 to fund the new program. A donation of $500 will feed a senior for 1 year. 

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