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.

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Fighting Hunger

  • Harry Chapin Food Bank mobilizes to send resources to help Hurricane Michael victims

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank will send a box truck full of food and a driver to the Panhandle area impacted by Hurricane Michael. They will travel to the area Thursday or Friday and stay to help in the aftermath of the storm.

    The mobilization is in response to Feeding Florida’s request for help. Harry Chapin Food Bank is a member of Feeding Florida, the association of Florida’s 12 food banks. Other Feeding Florida food banks are also mobilizing to send water and other resources in …

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