Community Support

  • A Q&A with our new Director of Operations, Eric Hitzeman

     Eric visited Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) two years ago and met with our former Director of Operations, Neal McAlister. Neal now serves as the Director of Operations at the Community Food Share, another Feeding America food bank in Colorado. Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization comprised of 200 food banks.

    HCFB: What brought you to Harry Chapin?

    EH: After 20-plus years at Tucson Community Food Bank, I was eligible for early retirement and …

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  • The Mosaic Company donates food and funds to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Florida Association of Food Banks to support hunger-relief efforts

    Harry Chapin Food Bank3760 Fowler StreetFort Myers, Fl. 33901July 23, 2015For Immediate ReleaseHarry Chapin Food Bank Contact: Joyce Jacobs,(239) 334-7007, ext. 130Cell: 239-839-4143 joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.orgFlorida Association of Food Banks Contact: Rebecca Brislain,(239) 281-7758rebecca@HungerFreeFlorida.org The Mosaic Company donates food and funds to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Florida Association of Food Banks to support hunger-relief effortsFort Myers, FL – The …

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  • $1 Donation = $6 in Food.... how do we do it? (Part 2)

    Turning every $1 donated into $6 of food is critical for the success of the Harry Chapin Food Bank to overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. This blog is the second in a series showing the many ways the Food Bank is able to stretch the value of your donations. View Part 1 here.

    A common source of food is through donations from individuals and food drives. These vary from a few pounds when someone cleans his or her pantry to more than 400,000 pounds …

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  • BARRY G’S FOOD CHARITY CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE HCFB

    Harry Chapin Food Bank3760 Fowler Street Fort Myers, Fl. 33901

    Contact: Joyce Jacobs 239-334-7007 Ext. 130

    Cell: 239-839-4143

    E-Mail:joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    For Release: July 14, 2015

    BARRY G’S FOOD CHARITY CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK

    Enjoy great entertainment Saturday July 18TH. 12:00pm..-7:00pm. at the Nauti Parrot –Marinatown located at 3446 Marinatown Ln. N. Ft. Myers. Bring a generous donation of canned or dry food to benefit the …

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  • In the Good Old Summer Time

    In the good old summer time.

    To swim in the pool,

    You'd play "hooky" from school,

    You'd play "ring-a-rosie"

    With Jim, Kate and Josie,

    Good old summer time,

    Those days full of pleasure

    We now fondly treasure.

    Are you young enough to remember singing that song? Wasn’t summer time just the best time ever? Watermelon, popsicles, fresh tomatoes and sweet corn from the garden, fruit picked right off the trees, grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and homemade ice cream. Most of us have …

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  • A Picture is Worth a Thousand Meals

    Tags: Collier County

    In each of the last two fiscal years, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 18 million pounds of food throughout Southwest Florida to our neighbors in need.  How much is 18 million pounds of food and what does it take to get it to those who need it?  I find that the most effective way to visualize 18 million pounds of food is through an easily understood analogy.

    Consider that the average fully loaded semi-truck (53 feet in length) delivering food to the Food Bank …

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  • Press Release: Great American Chili Cook Off to Benefit HCFB

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank

    3760 Fowler Street

    Fort Myers, FL  33901

     

    For Release: July7, 2015

    Contact: Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130

    joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    Cell: (239) 839-4143

     

    GREAT AMERICAN CHILI COOK OFF TO BENEFIT HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK

    Fort Myers, FL -- Chefs (or presumed chefs) are invited to participate in the fifth annual Great American Chili Cook- Off on Sunday, July 19, at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina on Fort Myers Beach.  …

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  • Press Release: Fort Myers Community Rallies Together to Generate More Than $42,500 for Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida to Fight Hunger

    Contact: Christina Morton, 407-608-5905, christina@onmessage.com

     

    Fort Myers Community Rallies Together to Generate More Than $42,500 for Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida to Fight Hunger

    Local residents joined in Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign that generated over $10 million nationwide to help Feeding America and affiliate food banks

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 1, 2015) ­– Today, Walmart announced that Fort Myers residents have generated more than …

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  • Support the Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Capital Campaign

    Thanks for helping Southwest Florida!

    Our friends across Southwest Florida have again demonstrated their commitment to fighting hunger by helping us raise more than $3 million for the food bank’s Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Capital Campaign. 

                                BEFORE                                       & …

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  • Press Release: HCFB expands low-income senior food package program in Charlotte, Hendry and Glades

    Harry Chapin Food Bank

    3760 Fowler Street

    Fort Myers, Fl. 33901

    June 24, 2015

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130

    Cell: 239-839-4143

    joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank expands low-income senior food package program in Charlotte, Hendry and Glades

    Fort Myers, FL – The Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) of Southwest Florida is expanding a program to distribute boxes of food to low-income residents of Charlotte, Hendry and Glades …

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  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About HCFB

    5 Things You Didn’t know about the Food Bank

    You may know that monthly our food bank serves approximately 30,000 of our neighbors in need but did you know…

    1. We have been serving the community since 1983 as the Lee County Food Cooperative, which was formed to distribute government commodities such as dairy products. We began rescuing food and other goods, expanding to a warehouse on Alicia Street near downtown Fort Myers in 1994.

    2. In the early 1990s, we became an official …

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  • How To Save Money!

    Most people know that using coupons will help save money. Here are some great tips from our volunteer manager, Tanya Phillips, to help you save even more!

    Most products are on a six-week sale rotation. Purchasing enough items on sale to get you through six weeks until that item comes on sale again will save you money.

    Manufacturer and store coupons are a great start. You can stack (use 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 store coupon on a single item) coupons, for double the savings. You will …

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  • New Senior Food Program Comes to Lee and Collier Counties

    “Senior Hunger” is a phrase that you may hear on the news or read about in the paper. At the Harry Chapin Food Bank, it is much more than a phrase; it is an issue that exists in Southwest Florida on a larger scale than many people imagine. Studies show that food-insecure seniors don’t eat as much nutritious food as food-secure seniors. As a result, food-insecure seniors have a higher risk of diabetes, heart attack, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, decreased …

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  • $1 Donation = $6 in Food.... how do we do it?

    Turning every $1 donated into $6 of food is critical for the success of the Harry Chapin Food Bank to overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. This blog is the first in a series to show the many different ways the Food Bank is able to stretch the value of donations.

    In 2014 the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 19.6 million pounds of food.  One product we distribute daily is a wide variety of breads. Luckily, retail stores generously donate all the bread …

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  • Press Release: Publix Partners with Produce for Kids for Healthy Eating Campaign to Benefit HCFB and Feeding America

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank

    3760 Fowler Street

    Fort Myers, FL 33901

     

    For Release:  June 1, 2015

    Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130

    Cell:  239-839-4143

    E-Mail-joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    PUBLIX PARTNERS WITH PRODUCE FOR KIDS FOR HEALTHY EATING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT THE HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK AND FEEDING AMERICA

    Publix produce partners unite to raise funds for hunger relief

    Fort Myers, FL The healthy eating-focused Produce for Kids® campaign with …

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  • Press Release: Charity night to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank

    3760 Fowler Street

    Fort Myers, FL 33901

     

    For Release:  June 1, 2015

    Contact: Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130

    239-839-4143

    joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

     

    Charity night to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank 

    Fort Myers, FL – PDQ is hosting a charity night to benefit the Harry Chapin Food bank on June 4th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. A portion of the sales will come be donated to the food bank when customers mention the Harry Chapin …

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  • Press Release: Harry Chapin Food Bank needs volunteers to sort donated food

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank

    3760 Fowler Street

    Fort Myers, FL,33901

    For Release:  May 27, 2015

    Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130

    Cell:  239-839-4143

    E-Mail: joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    Harry Chapin Food Bank needs volunteers to sort donated food

    Fort Myers, FL – The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (HCFB) needs volunteers to sort more than 248,000 pounds of food donated during the 23rd annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 9. …

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  • CenturyLink Helping to Feed Children

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank3760 Fowler StreetFort Myers, FL 33901For Release:  May 27, 2015Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130Cell:  239-839-4143joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    CenturyLink, Inc. campaign asks community to help feed children by supporting the Harry Chapin Food Bank, CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation will match donations

    Fort Myers, FL – CenturyLink, Inc. will hold its annual CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive on June 1-12 in hundreds …

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  • 5 Things You Might Not Know About the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    5 Things You Might Not Know about the Harry Chapin Food Bank1. Minimal waste: Less than 1% all food Harry Chapin receives goes to farmers and other animal caretakers because it is unfit for human consumption.HCFB strives to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste. When our retail rescue program began in 2008, we were able to distribute 745,925 pounds of food donated by area retailers. Last year, we distributed 7.5 million pounds of food generously donated by area retailers. Some partner …

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  • Press Release: HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK THANKS COMMUNITY FOR FOOD DONATIONS

    Tags: Lee County

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank3760 Fowler StreetFort Myers, FL  33901 

    For Release:Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130May 14, 2015Cell:  239-839-4143joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK THANKS COMMUNITY FOR FOOD DONATIONS

    Lee County residents donated 401,478 pounds of food during the 23rd annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 9. The “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive for the food bank. As a lead …

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