HENDRY COUNTY -- In 2020 food insecurity in Hendry County jumped to over 19%t. The impact of COVID - 19 on our small community has been devastating. Income for everyone across all fields has been affected and the price of food has tripled while the average families income has not kept up with this cost.
Hendry County has the highest rate of food insecurity in all Southwest Florida. Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is the largest hunger-relief network in Southwest Florida feeding children, working families and seniors who are hungry. For the past year Harry Chapin has been providing food to Hendry County residents every other Wednesday.
The food was first distributed from the rodeo grounds which proved to be too small to handle the traffic. Then the event was moved to the Forrey Drive Park where Harry Chapin is still distributing food.
Food is distributed every other Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon or all the food is gone. The next food distribution will be July 28. Regular food bank visits will continue until the end of the year.
The trucks pull in with enough food for approximately 500 families. It’s the volunteers who make this distribution of food possible. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers of LaBelle that help support this project.