Media - Canned Food Drive - 10-16-13

Captain Can Good Kicks Off Food Drive for Lee County Schools

(Fort Myers, FL) – OCTOBER 16, 2013 – The Salvation Army Canned Food Drive is celebrating the most successful year since 2007! Every year, The Salvation Army teams up with schools in Lee County and invites students to bring in canned and packaged food. Students were asked to bring food to their schools from September 23 through October 4.

Seventy-seven Lee County Schools participated in The Salvation Army's Annual Canned Food Drive and blew past their goal of 100,000 cans! A total of 120,446 cans were collected, which is a 26% (24,818 can) increase over last year's food drive results.

Donations collected during this year's drive will be used to provide a food basket for each family that has registered for Christmas assistance through The Salvation Army's Christmas Cheer Program. Last year, The Salvation Army served 2,735 families representing 8,019 children through Christmas Cheer. Food collected during the school's drive will also be used to stock the shelves at The Salvation Army's food pantry, where families in crisis can receive help.

An awards event celebrating the top schools will be held Friday, October 18th at 11:30 am at The Salvation Army (10291 McGregor Boulevard). The school collecting the most cans per student will be announced and awarded a 24" tall canned good trophy. Other awards will include most cans per student for pre-school, Elementary, K-8, and K-12, and charter schools.

Captain Can Good will make an appearance, and lunch for the students has been generously donated from Ford's Garage.

(Photos from schools participating in the drive can be found on The Salvation Army's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ArmySWFL )

To learn more, contact The Salvation Army at (239) 278-1551 or visit their website at: www.salvationarmyleecounty.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Over ninety cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyleecounty.org. The Salvation Army is proud to be a United Way partner agency.