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  • Walmart Provides New Truck to Help Feed Families

    Tags: Mobile Pantry

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 29, 2014) – More than 320 families received 17,340 pounds of fresh, nutritious food Monday thanks to Walmart associates and a $140,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program that has provided a new refrigerated truck to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The truck was unveiled during mobile pantry distribution at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 211 W. Charlotte Ave., in Punta Gorda. 

    This vehicle will enable us to serve more families, more communities, …

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  • Striving for “Zero Waste” -- And Helping Animals in the Process

    by Kelli King, Philanthropy Relations Manager

    At the Harry Chapin Food Bank we strive to ensure food does not go to waste. As part of our ongoing efforts to become a zero-waste facility, it’s encouraging to know that food deemed inedible can be used to sustain the work of the Octagon Wildlife Refuge in Punta Gorda.

    Octagon is a rescue home for abused and unwanted exotic animals.  For more than 30 years, Octagon has saved thousands of animals such as lions, tigers, bears, birds, …

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  • Wawa Donates $5,000 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank as Part of Fort Myers Groundbreaking Festivities

    You may have heard the news that convenience store chain Wawa is preparing to open new locations in Southwest Florida. Yesterday, July 15, Wawa and their community partners held a groundbreaking event for one of their new stores in Fort Myers. The following press release from the event details Wawa's partnership with the Harry Chapn Food Bank to fight hunger in Southwest Florida.

    Wawa Donates $5,000 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida as Part of Fort Myers Groundbreaking …

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  • Summer Feeding Program Provides Free, Nutritious Meals

    Tags: Child Hunger

    by Louise Bain, Programs Outreach Coordinator

    Most children look forward to summer vacation. Time spent playing with friends, going to the beach or taking a family trip is always fun. But for many of our neighbors, summer is a time of great need because they don’t know where their next meal will come from. During the academic year, kids and teens receive breakfast and lunch at school for free or at reduced prices, but many children who rely on those meals are at risk of hunger or poor …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank Awarded Morgan Stanley Grant to Deliver Nutritious Meals to Children and Families

    Tags: Mobile Pantry, Child Hunger, Collier County

    Harry Chapin Food Bank Awarded Morgan Stanley Grant to Expand Program Delivering Nutritious Meals to Children and Families

    $25,000 Grant Will Fund "School Pantry Program"

    Naples, FL — June 27, 2014 — The Harry Chapin Food Bank today announced a $25,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to fund its School Pantry Program, a child hunger initiative that helps make sure low-income families in Collier County have a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food to prepare at home. …

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  • What are you planning to do this summer? Why not volunteer at Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida?!

    Tags: Volunteer, Mobile Pantry, corporate volunteering

    Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your teenager this summer? Show them how they can give back to the community by volunteering. The value of volunteering one shift at the Food Bank is $67.65. Are your teenage grandchildren visiting for the summer? Bring them with you to volunteer. You brag about them all the time, now show them off! On average, each volunteer prepares 637 pounds of food, equal to 531 meals, for distribution in a single volunteer shift.

    Are you unemployed? Don& …

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  • There’s A Whole Lot of Packing Going On in Collier County!

    Tags: Volunteers, Fresh Produce

    ...And we’re not just talking about the snowbirds packing to leave for the season.

    From corporate offices to churches and civic organizations, Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Naples warehouse has been the host site for many groups spending a couple of hours volunteering to pack produce -- all in the name of making sure our neighbors in need have fresh produce to eat and helping us continue our mission of Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope.

    For many years the goal in food distribution programs …

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  • HCFB Mobile Pantry Program

    Tags: Mobile Pantry

    Our Mobile Pantry Program was established in July 2010 and since then has delivered thousands of meals of fresh produce and food to families in need. The food bank staff works together to coordinate food quantities, distribution rates, location and partnerships, including making volunteer arrangements. Sometimes mobile pantries are sponsored by a particular organization and the host sites can vary. A single mobile pantry can feed 300 families, with the average mobile pantry distribution being 2 …

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  • Hunger Does Not Take a Summer Vacation

    Tags: Mobile Pantry, Child Hunger

    With Memorial Day weekend behind us, the dog days of summer are just around the corner. The season conjures up memories of barbeques and fireworks, sweltering heat and daily rainstorms. Things slow down around Southwest Florida as school lets out and our snowbird friends return north.

    But the summer also means a time of heightened need for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the thousands of families we serve as we face the season’s triple threat:

    With limited school lunch and breakfast …

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  • Produce is Priority

    Working with our partner agencies and through our mobile pantries, the Harry Chapin Food Bank strives to get fresh produce to families, children and seniors.For years we’ve been told of the importance of consuming an adequate amount of fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Of course few of us – even those with financial means – actually do. Doctors and nutritionists have been clear: Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of contracting Type 2 …

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  • Surprising Benefits to Volunteering - Pt 2

    Tags: Volunteer

    This is the second of our two-part series on volunteerism at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Read part one here.Volunteering can advance your careerIf you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, …

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  • Our 100 Millionth Pound Distribution

    Tags: Mobile Pantry, Lee County

    I feel pride and sadness whenever I attend a Harry Chapin Food Bank mobile pantry. It warms my soul to see volunteers and HCFB staff provide the bags of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat that stave off hunger for another few days or a few weeks, but an ominous chill upsets that warmth. Hunger looms so largely in the lives of those the food bank serves. I feel the sorrow of these families, seniors and children who need help with something so basic: food.They put aside their pride and fear of …

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  • It’s Getting Cooler in Collier County…Brrr!

    Tags: Collier County

    At least, that is, at the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Collier County warehouse.We have recently installed a new industrial-sized freezer in our Naples warehouse located at 2221 Corporation Blvd. This addition will allow the Harry Chapin Food Bank to store and distribute a larger quantity and higher quality of food. Items such as poultry, beef, pork and other frozen goods will now be readily available to our more than 25 partner agencies in Collier County.

    Hunger continues to be an issue …

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  • The Dock of the Food Bank

    Hello, my name is Sam Kelly and I am the Social Media and Online Services Coordinator here at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. One privilege I have in my role is photographing the happenings of the food bank – from daily happenings to major events and everything in between.Daily we distribute approximately 50,000 pounds of food to our partner agencies. Through our various partner agencies of emergency shelters, relief agencies and other nonprofit organizations we serve our 30,000+ clients a …

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  • Surprising Benefits to Volunteering - Pt 1

    Tags: Volunteers

    In 2013, more than 2,750 volunteers collectively provided almost 42,830 hours to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. It may be hard to find the time with our busy lives to volunteer but the benefits are enormous. Volunteering can help you find friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and reach out into the community. At the Food Bank there are many volunteer opportunities.

    One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteers are often the glue that holds a …

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  • Big or small, every gift makes a difference

    Tags: Lee County, Mobile Pantry

    “I wish it could be more…”“Wish it was more; this is the best I can do…”These two handwritten notes – scrawled on small pieces of paper – accompanied two recent donations to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. In the middle of otherwise routine days of processing donations, these apologetic declarations gave me pause and made me think.These are still tough economic times for many. Day in and day out, I’m impressed by the generosity of the …

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  • Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope with The Global FoodBanking Network

    Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope with The Global FoodBanking NetworkBy: Al Brislain, President and CEO, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest FloridaI was invited to speak to the Global Food Bank Network’s Leadership Institute. More than 70 people attended, representing more than 30 countries, including Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, India, France, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Bulgaria, Russia, Israel, Dubai, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Canada, …

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  • BBQ & BASH raises more than $10,000 to feed SW Florida children!

    The Chamber of Southwest Florida's Leadership Lee County Class of 2012, a program of The Chamber of Southwest Florida, raised more than $10,000 at its Big BBQ & Bash event, held January 24 at Harley-Davidson of Fort Myers. The money raised is to be distributed equally to three charities that feed hungry children in Southwest Florida: African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM), Blessings in a Backpack, Lee County, and the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Each organization received $3,359.74 to help …

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