Welcome to Harry Chapin Food Bank!

Celebrating 35 Years and Beyond

When the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida opened its doors as the Lee County Food Cooperative in 1983, who could have imagined that 35 years later the food bank would distribute 24 million pounds of food in a single year?

The food bank's reach has grown from a handful of partner agencies to more than 150 today. Through food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and disaster relief agencies, the food bank keeps hunger at bay for nearly 160,000 individuals (50,000 of them children) each year. They may be laid off, underemployed, dealing with illness, trying to recover lost wages or facing damages to home and property.

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By the Numbers

What we accomplished fiscal year 17-18 (July, 1 2017 - June 30, 2018)

Serving Southwest Florida by providing food through pantries, soup kitchens and other sources. Every $1 given turns into $8 worth of food. 96 cents of every $1 go directly to food.

Latest News

  • NOV 17. Family Volunteer Day

    We invite families (adults and children age 10 and older) to volunteer at the Harry Chapin Food Bank Fort Myers Distribution Center or Collier County Center. Activities will include a tour of the facility, coloring, bagging produce, taking family photos and much more!

    To volunteer in Fort Myers, R.S.V.P to Tanya Phillips, Lee County volunteer coordinator at (239) 334-7007 ext. 141 or tphillips@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

    To volunteer in Collier County, R.S.V.P to Todd Lewis, Collier County …

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Fighting Hunger

  • Let's talk turkey

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank continues the tradition of helping families put a Thanksgiving bird on the table. We’re asking the community to help.

    The food bank has purchased $35,000 in gift cards, at $10 each, to distribute to families via our partner agencies. The cards are designated for the purchase of food at local supermarkets for holiday meals.

    These gift cards are often more economical …

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