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Southern Technical College Donates More than One Ton of Food to Southwest Florida Food Bank

Fort Myers, FL – (Nov. 25, 2015) – The Fort Myers campus of Southern Technical College, “Southern Tech,” successfully collected more than one ton of food (2,000 pounds) to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

In total, the campus donated 1,300 food items and 16 cases of beverages in addition to $30, which will be used to purchase an additional 180 items.

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From left, Southern Tech’s Career Services team members Christy Acevedo, advisor, and Jessica Salus, director, inventory the donations to the food bank prior to Thanksgiving.

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The school’s nursing program contributed the most food and was rewarded with a pizza party.

“Southern Tech wanted to do its part to fight against hunger in our community,” said Alex Rodriguez, executive director of the Fort Myers campus. He said plans for a spring effort are in the works.

Southern Tech-Fort Myers is located at 1685 Medical Lane.

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About Southern Technical College (southerntech.edu)

Founded in 2000, Southern Technical College is a career education school dedicated to providing students with the best possible career training and education in a student-centered environment. It was founded to combine traditional and job-practical teaching techniques in the areas of allied health sciences and applied technology. Delivered in a dynamic and professional environment, the curricula are designed to deliver intensive, hands-on training in core technical areas in combination with communication skills, interpersonal skills and a broad-based general education. Southern Tech is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE) and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Associate degrees in Surgical Technician at the Fort Myers, Tampa and Port Charlotte campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and the Health Information Management associate degree program at the Fort Myers campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

About Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (harrychapinfoodbank.org)

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida was opened in 1983. Formerly known as the Lee County Food Cooperative, the Harry Chapin Food Bank has served as the only Feeding America food bank in Southwest Florida. They partner with more than 150 agencies that provide direct services to those in need, including church food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, disaster relief agencies and more. Today, the food bank provides food for more than 30,000 individuals each month. In fiscal year 2014-15, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 18.74 million pounds of food, provided 15.3 million meals, and turned every $1 into $6 worth of food for those in need.