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The Harry Chapin Food Bank works with 150 partner agencies that operate food pantries and other food programs in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties. With the help of our partner agencies, we’re able to provide fresh, nutritious food and other essentials to about 28,000 people each week including 12,000 children and 3,000 seniors at risk of hunger.

Click here to apply to become a partner agency.

For more information contact Carolyn Jones, Partner Relations Manager, at (239) 334-7007 ext. 129 or cjones@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Care & Share: Senior Feeding Campaign supplements the diets of more than 2,200 low-income seniors in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties with nutritious, easy-to prepare food. Seniors receive kits containing canned fruits and vegetables, canned protein, grains, cereal, and other food each month. When possible, we provide fresh produce with these kits.

For more information visit hcfbcareandshare.org.

Senior hunger is a hidden issue in Southwest Florida. Many seniors “make do” with a meager food budget or have to decide whether to purchase medicine or food on a regular basis. Seniors who do not get the nutrition they need are at a higher risk of health problems and chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and decreased resistance to infections. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides nutritious food to eligible low-income seniors 60 years of age or older. Food boxes are distributed once a month at designated sites in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.

For more information on eligibility and enrollment, contact Annie Noel, Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) Coordinator at anoel@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

Download the CSFP Supplemental Program Flyer (English)
Download the CSFP Supplemental Program Flyer (Spanish)
Download the CSFP Supplemental Program Flyer (Creole)

We play a vital role in responding to emergencies such as floods, tornadoes and hurricanes throughout the region. We partner with the Red Cross, Emergency Operations Centers, and local, state and national organizations in disaster situations. The food bank is also a member of the Southwest Florida Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD).

For more information, contact Eric Hitzeman, Director of Operations, at (239) 334-7007 ext. 130 or ehitzeman@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank has made a big push to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to clients.

We acquire fresh produce through various sources including:
• Local growers and packing houses
• The Florida Association of Food Banks
• Sister food banks in the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest anti-hunger organization
• Local retailers

The Fresh Produce Rescue program provided children and families in Southwest Florida with almost 7 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in 2014.

For more information about becoming a fresh produce donor, please contact Eric Hitzeman, Director of Operations, at (239) 334-7007 ext. 133 or ehitzeman@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

Our mobile pantry program is an efficient, effective way to provide food to our neighbors in need through direct service. The food bank works with partner agencies and others to coordinate locations and partnerships to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, beans and rice, and other staples to clients who would otherwise not be able to access such food. Our trucks come to community centers, schools and other central locations where the food is distributed directly to our neighbors in need. A single mobile pantry can provide food to 200 to 300 families in about two hours.

View video here.

Many mobile pantry volunteers say it is one of the most rewarding experiences they have ever had.

If you or your organization would like to participate in a mobile pantry, please contact Tanya Phillips, Volunteer Manager, at (239) 334-7007 ext. 141 or tanyaphillips@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

For more information about sponsoring a mobile pantry, please contact Miriam Pereira, Director of Development, at (239) 334-7007 ext. 127 or mpereira@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

About 140 stores throughout Southwest Florida donate fresh produce, bread, frozen meat and other food to us each week. The Retail Store Pick-Up Program is a major source of food for the food bank.

For more information about becoming a retail donor, please contact Eric Hitzeman, Director of Operations, at (239) 334-7007 ext. 133 or ehitzeman@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

SNAP (formerly food stamps) helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need to help them through the month. The Harry Chapin Food Bank has two staff members who help potential recipients apply for the program. SNAP benefits are provided through the Florida Department of Children and Families.

For more information, please contact Deima Torna, SNAP Outreach Coordinator, at (239) 269-2534 or dtorna@harrychapinfoodbank.org or Peggy Garces, SNAP Outreach Coordinator, at (239) 839-0131 or pgarces@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) contract with the food bank to distribute government commodities throughout Southwest Florida.

This program, The Temporary Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), supplements the diets of low-income individuals by providing them with emergency food. TEFAP enables our partner agencies to supplement their food programs with canned fruits and vegetables, juice, cereal, frozen meat and fresh produce.

To find out if your HCFB partner agency site qualifies to distribute TEFAP, contact Carolyn Jones, Partner Relations Manager, at (239) 334-7007 ext. 129 or cjones@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

(1)          mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)          fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)          email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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