Community Support

  • Hunger Summit, “See the World Through Their Eyes,” is a Success

    A Hunger Summit held Thursday by the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida met its goal in bringing together representatives of food bank partner agencies, as well as community leaders, to discuss current issues and talk strategy about fighting hunger in Southwest Florida.

    "We had a very productive gathering of 180 people representing all of our many agencies,” said Richard LeBer, food bank president and CEO. "This was a great opportunity for all network members to learn from one …

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  • Letter Carriers Food Drive shows community’s collaborative spirit

    Tags: stamp out hunger, Letter Carriers National Food Drive, post office

    The Letter Carriers’ National #StampOutHunger Food Drive Saturday struck a blow against summer hunger in Southwest Florida. 

    The nation’s largest single-day food drive collected a preliminary 187,000 pounds locally that went to the Harry Chapin Food Bank Fort Myers warehouse, with more food still coming in from other post offices in Lee County. The final total is yet to be tallied.

    More than 400 volunteers, including food sorters and volunteer drivers, participated along …

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  • FGCU Women's Basketball Team brings winning ways to the food bank

    Tags: FGCU, Basketball, women's basketball team, FGCU Eagles, Whitney Knight, WNBA

    We had sports celebrities in our midst this week as the FGCU Women’s Basketball Team came to volunteer at the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers warehouse.

    The team had a terrific season and soared all the way to the finals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, before losing the title game to South Dakota. 

    Earlier this week they worked at a long table in the food bank warehouse, energetically packing food for our senior hunger-relief program for low- …

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  • Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” national campaign runs through April 25

    Walmart’s 2016 “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” campaign continues through April 25 to help Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Walmart has donated $1.5 million to kick off the campaign, with a goal of raising $3 million with the public’s support.

    There are several ways to participate:

    • Walmart is partnering with five of its suppliers, which will donate the equivalent of one meal for each of their participating …

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  • Starbucks perks up to help feed the hungry

    Tags: Starbucks

    Socially-minded Starbucks has launched a FoodShare Program to donate unsold nourishing, ready-to-eat meals to Feeding America’s network of food banks, rather than see them tossed in the trash.

    The FoodShare Program will be implemented over the next five years to rescue 100 percent of Starbucks’ unsold ready-to eat meals, including breakfast and Panini sandwiches, Bistro Boxes and salads, from all company-operated Starbucks locations.

    The program will be accomplished through an …

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  • Food for Sharing offers a way to show you care this Easter

    Tags: Publix, Easter, Donate

    The Publix Food for Sharing drive is on now through March 26 at all Publix Super Markets in Southwest Florida.

    Easter is March 27, and in the weeks leading up to the holiday, Publix offers donation cards for various levels of giving that customers may choose from. This offers an opportunity for them to continue showing they care by helping those who may not know where their next meal is coming from.

    The cards show the different “recipe” of food items each level of giving …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank Nearing End of $5.1 Million Capital Campaign

    Tags: Capital Campaign, donors, Donate

    It’s official!  We are nearly a million dollars past the half-way mark of the “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope” Capital Campaign!  And what does that mean for all our neighbors in need?  It means that we can move food more efficiently now with our new equipment.  It means that we don’t need to turn away food because we don’t have the room to store it – because we have an expanded freezer. And it means that we can make improvements to the …

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  • Live concert by musician Joe D'Urso Saturday to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank and WhyHunger

    Tags: WhyHunger, Joe D'Urso, Jen Chapin, Saul Wilner, Donate

    Contact: Saul Wilner, 1-800-GRANOLA®

    Cell: 413-687-3673



    Photo: By David Robinson

    Naples, FL- Joe D'Urso, singer, songwriter and anti-hunger advocate, will perform his brand of good old-fashioned rock and roll at a unique fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 13 at a private home in North Naples.

    Donations for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and WhyHunger will be accepted throughout the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., presented by WhyHunger, Homemade Jams …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank names new president and CEO

    Tags: LeBer, president and CEO

    For Release:  February 3, 2016

    Primary Contact:  Miriam Pereira, development director, (239) 334-7007 x 127

    Cell: (239) 220-7810


    Secondary Contact: Mary Wozniak, marketing and communications manager, (239) 334-7007 x 150

    Cell: (239) 826-8856


    Fort Myers, FL – Richard LeBer has been named the new president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. LeBer will start Feb. 29.& …

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  • Give Where You Live Collier Kicks Off February 29, 2016!

    Tags: Community Foundation of Collier County, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank invites the community to support its efforts to fight and overcome hunger in Southwest Florida by donating to the food bank through Give Where You Live Collier, February 29–March 1, 2016.

    Give Where You Live Collier is a county-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Collier County through online giving. The Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation are partnering to present Give Where You Live Collier …

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  • On this day of caring, consider a gift from your heart to the hungry

    Tags: Valentine's Day

    Each of us knows that Valentine's Day is aboout more than flowers and candy.

    On this special day of caring, please join with us at the Harry Chapin Food Bank by choosing to Take Heart Against Hunger and share your love this year with someone less fortunate.

    With so much noise in the world, sometimes it's easy to lose sight of all the good that fills our lives, thanks to the people who hold a special place in our hearts.

    This Valentine's Day, consider celebrating the love you feel for those …

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  • The Hunger Walk raises $305,000 to feed people in need in Southwest Florida

    Tags: Hunger Walk, Wink News, Lois Thome

    The WINK News Feed Families Hunger Walk 2016 raised $305,000 to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and its partner agencies!

    More than 800 people walked Jan. 16 at Miromar Outlets in Estero to support the food bank’s largest fundraiser of the year. Their support means that the Harry Chapin Food Bank will be able to provide $1.83 million worth of food to children, families, seniors and other individuals who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from. …

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  • We are bowled over by your support!

    Tags: Empty Bowls, Donate

    HCFB Empty Bowls soup lady

    Empty Bowls Naples 2016 has raised $95,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank, blowing away last year's record total of $66,000!

    The handmade bowls have gone home with the members of the community who chose them, the big soup pots are clean and shiny once more, and it’s all over but for the celebrating.

    We are deeply grateful to the community, volunteers, and sponsors who made this happen.

     Joyce Jacobs, lead staff member from the Harry Chapin Food Bank for the event, said about 2,000 …

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  • Tamiami Ford/Tamiami Hyundai Steps up as Presenting Sponsor for Empty Bowls Naples

    Tags: Empty Bowls Naples, Donate

    HCFB EmptyBowlsTamiami sponsors

    Fort Myers, FL -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank is pleased to announce that Tamiami Ford and Tamiami Hyundai of Naples are the presenting sponsors for the 10th annual Empty Bowls Naples. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Cambier Park in downtown Naples, to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

     For a suggested $15 donation, guests may choose and keep a hand-made pottery bowl to serve as a reminder of all the “empty bowls& …

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  • Taking Some Giant Steps to Fight Hunger

    Tags: Hunger Walk, Wink News, Lois Thome

    It was a wonderful day in the neighborhood for the WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk, and you made it happen! Thanks to the community's support, we raised more than $290,000 to fight hunger in Southwest Florida.

    "You are part of the solution," Lois Thome, WINK News anchor, told the crowd. "All the money stays right here." Of every dollar donated, 97 cents goes to food bank programs, she added.

    They came by ones and twos and teams, groups of schoolchildren carrying banners, kids (and some …

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  • Rise and Shine! No Showers Today to Rain on Our Hunger Walk Parade

    Tags: Hunger Walk, Wink News

    The volunteers are here, WINK News is here broadcasting live, the tables are set and registration open for the eighth annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk. It's a great day, sunny and clear, and we welcome you to come out and have fun with your friends, family and pets for a good cause: Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope in Southwest Florida. Our goal today is $330,000. We've raised $277,000 so far, so we're just over $50,000 short. We hope to make up the gap today with the support of our …

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  • It's Almost Time To Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk

    Tags: Donate, Hunger Walk

    HCFB Hunger Walk sign1

    We’re just one day away from the WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk to benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank! Tomorrow we’re going to walk the walk as well as talk the talk about Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope in Southwest Florida. 

    There’s still time to register online here. The walk is at 9:30 a.m. at Miromar Outlets in Estero. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your pets. We'll give your pet a Hunger Walk bandanna to wear. We’ …

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  • The Recipe to Fight Hunger, Feed Hope in 2016

    Tags: Donate, Donation

    HCFB Toby recipe blog

    By Toby Ives

    Interim President and CEO

    It works! Discover, beg, or borrow a great recipe; gather a wide variety of high quality ingredients; put them together in a well-appointed kitchen; cook or cool in ovens and coolers; and then present a fine meal, a gastronomic delight!

    At the Harry Chapin Food Bank the recipe is our mission statement. We have gathered high quality ingredients including staff, partner agencies, volunteers, donors of food and funds, in-kind gifts, and the support of many …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank Receives a Gold Star from GuideStar

    Tags: GuideStar

    HCFB guidestar logo

    The GuideStar Exchange has awarded The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida a Gold Star, its highest rating, for the second year in a row. 

    The food bank earned the accolade because of its superior transparency, financial accountability, and impact.

    “This is a testament to your organization’s commitment to data transparency,” GuideStar officials wrote to the food bank in announcing the award. The gold level is provided through GuideStar USA, Inc., a …

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  • The New Year is young, and so are these generous donors

    Tags: Donation

    HCFB donation from Joy

    Every little bit helps at the Harry Chapin Food Bank when it comes to providing food for those in need.

    These donations are particularly meaningful when they come from children who give up getting gifts at Christmas or for their birthdays in order to give back to others. We introduce you to three young donors who have learned early that the satisfaction received from helping others who have less than they do is a gift in itself.

    She brings joy

    Joy Youngblood, age 5, may be one of the …

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