The Libertarian Party of Collier County announced the start of their 2013 Liberty Lovers Thanksgiving Food Drive today, November 1, 2013. The Libertarian Party of Collier County has partnered with Resistance Radio, Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Collier County (and Bonita Springs in Lee County), and generous individuals all over southwest Florida for this community outreach event. The food drive will run from November 1, 2013 and will continue through November 22, 2013.
Libertarian organizations from around the country work each year to help the homeless and feed the hungry. This year is expected to have larger impact than in the past due to the federal and state cutbacks in the food stamp program SNAP.
The Libertarian Party of Collier County will be collecting canned and nonperishable foods for St. Matthews House. St. Matthews House is a local charitable organization in Naples that provides housing for the homeless and food for the needy. They receive no state and federal aid. St. Matthews House prepares and serves and average of 200 meals per day to anyone who is hungry.
Jared Grifoni, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Collier County stated, “As Libertarians, we believe that private charities and individuals are the most effective source, through their voluntary efforts, for helping the needy in our communities rather than through wasteful big government programs. In fact, it has been show that only 30 cents of every dollar spent by the government to fight poverty actually goes to the needy while 70 cents of every dollar is wasted in bloated bureaucracy.”
Grifoni continued, “If you believe in personal responsibility and in liberty, I hope and trust that you join us over the next few weeks in helping our friends and neighbors in Collier County who need it the most. It is important that we all live our values and hold ourselves out as an example, an example that in a truly free society we will be there to lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate.”
A list of the participating locations for food drops are as follows:
1. Bonita Springs, FL - 28155 S Tamiami Tr
2. Naples, FL - Mission Square Plaza, 1575 Pine Ridge Rd
3. Naples, FL - Preserve - 7775 Preserve Lane
4. Naples, FL - Eagle Creek - 6685 Collier Blvd
5. Naples, FL - Golden Gate - 4800 Golden Gate Parkway
6. Naples, FL - East Naples, 8885 Davis Blvd
7. Naples FL - Courthouse Shadows - 3406 Tamiami Trail
8. Naples FL - Livingston - 4825 Immokalee Road