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. 97 cents of every $1 go directly to food.

Latest News

  • 5 Tips for Planning a Food Drive

    Did you know that approximately 159,530 people in Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Henry, and Lee Counties do not have consistent access to nutritious food? Many citizens of Southwest Florida are plagued with food insecurity, meaning that a huge portion of our community is unable to dependably attain enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle. At Harry Chapin Food Bank, we are committed to leading hunger-relief efforts in Southwest Florida, by maintaining food distribution to more than 150 …

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Fighting Hunger

  • Family Volunteer Day

    Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Time: 9 - 11:30 a.m.


    Harry Chapin Food Bank Distribution Center3760 Fowler StreetFort Myers, FL33901

    Harry Chapin Food Bank Collier County Center3940 Prospect Ave., #101Naples, FL 34104

    Event Description:

    We invite families (adults and children age 10 and older) to volunteer at our first Family Volunteer Day in Lee and Collier counties. Activities will include a tour of our facilities, coloring, bagging produce, taking family photos …

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