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Wells Fargo Community Partners Program donates $1,000 to Pine Island Food Pantry

Funds to be used to purchase needed items

June 19, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Pine Island Food Pantry received $1,000 from the Wells Fargo Community Partners Program last month.

Wells Fargo Bank Manager JoAnn Catlin said Wells Fargo is very active in community volunteering. She said they log volunteer hours on a website by keeping track of the associate hours.

As part of the community involvement, Wells Fargo has a Community Partners Program that provides Wells Fargo with the opportunity to choose a local charity, which will receive funds for the organization.

This year the recipient was treated to a full-course breakfast at Florida Gulf Coast University on Thursday, May 16, which was then followed by a donation ceremony.

Laura Worzella, the area president for Wells Fargo, Catlin and Wells Fargo District Manager Diane Colon accompanied Pine Island Food Pantry President Dave Grueser to the breakfast.

Grueser was among the recipients that received $1,000.

"That's wonderful," he said of the donation. "Like everyone who contributes, the money is well needed and well spent."

Grueser said the money donated will help them buy items that cannot be purchased with food stamps - bar soaps, dish soap and laundry soap to name a few. The money, he said will also help purchase cheese, milk and eggs twice a week, since the pantry cannot obtain those items through the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

The Pine Island Food Pantry does not receive as many donations from the community during the summer because the winter visitors go back home. Grueser said the situation is they have to spend more money during the summer because the contribution of cans goes way down.

Catlin said Wells Fargo donated a total of $60,000 to community partners of Lee and Collier County that morning.

"It was amazing," she said of the donation.

Catlin said Wells Fargo will have the special ceremony again next year.



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