FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2013) – The Harry Chapin Food Bank recently received $350 from the Veranda in downtown Fort Myers as part of the restaurant’s 35th anniversary celebration.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is just one of six nonprofits that received $350 courtesy of the Veranda, from May 1 through Oct. 31, 2013, for its work in feeding the hungry in Southwest Florida.

In addition to the Food Bank, the charities include Community Cooperative Ministries Inc., F.I.S.H. of Sanibel, Nations Associations Charities, Blessings in a Backpack and the Salvation Army’s Sally’s Café.

Since 1983, the Harry Chapin Food Bank has worked to overcome hunger in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties through education and by working in a cooperative effort with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination. On an annual basis, the Food Bank provides more than 13.7 million pounds of nutritious, quality food to more than 150 partner agencies that provide direct services to those in need. Partner agencies are nonprofit organizations that are comprised of church food pantries, neighborhood centers, a kids’ café, low-income housing sites, senior-nutrition centers, family-crisis centers, group homes, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, day care centers, rehabilitation facilities, and disaster-relief agencies.

“Being in the food industry, we are very aware of the great work many local agencies are doing each day to feed our hungry citizens,” said Craig Peden. “While we are thanking our patrons for 35 great years, we also wanted to give back to our community that still has thousands of citizens who aren’t sure where their next meal will come from.”

According to Peden, the restaurant donated $350 to a different food-related local charity each month and $3,500 of in-kind service, since May.

“We are extremely grateful to all of our patrons who have helped us achieve this 35-year milestone,” said Paul Peden, who owns and operates the restaurant with his son Craig. “We wanted to do something special to celebrate which is why we chose monthly drawings during a six-month period.”

Veranda dinner patrons were also eligible to enter the drawings to win a $350 gift certificate by completing an entry form provided with their guest check. Diners could enter each time they dined in at the Veranda, located at 2122 Second Street in downtown Fort Myers, from May 1 through Oct. 31, 2013 to increase their chances of winning.

Jim and Kristi Woodward of Fort Myers were the winners of the October drawing for a $350 gift certificate to the Veranda.

The Veranda restaurant features Southern regional cuisine with a full bar, extensive wine list and first-class service in a romantic setting. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. A mid-day menu is served Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Private dining is also available from 10 to 400 guests. Live entertainment is featured in the Veranda’s piano lounge Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30. Valet or street parking is available.

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