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.& …
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 …
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 …
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. …
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 …
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& …
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 …
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 …
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’ …
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 …
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 …
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 …
As 2015 comes to an end, your year-end gift will make a difference in our mission to fight hunger in the New Year. We invite you to consider making a donation on this last day of 2015. As the holidays become a memory, the need remains present among the 30,000 people we help provide food for each month in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee Counties.
Of the clients we serve, about 50 percent are women and children. Others include the working poor; those who are disabled or facing life …
By: Louise Bain
Programs Outreach Coordinator
Can you imagine living in Southwest Florida and not having a grocery store in your town? Or having to ride the bus for 45 minutes to get to Publix or Walmart to shop for your family’s meals on an already limited budget?
This is the reality for many people living in paradise. How does the Harry Chapin Food Bank help provide food to our neighbors in need who have limited access to food or transportation? Our mobile pantry …
We're basking in a holiday afterglow of gratitude in the wake of the special delivery of a $100,000 check from Fuccillo Kia just before Christmas.
The Fuccillo Kia Holiday Challenge has helped the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida raise more than $559,000 since Thanksgiving, plus a $100,000 donation from Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral. The donation was presented to the food bank on Christmas Eve.
Billy Fuccillo, CEO of the Fuccillo Automotive Group, promised to match every …
Walmart swept into the Harry Chapin Food Bank with a group of workers recently to provide more than $5,000 worth of improvements to spruce up our Fort Myers warehouse. The food bank appreciates their donations of goods, time and energy to help the food bank run more efficiently in its fight against hunger in Southwest Florida.
Walmart’s efforts included upgrading a food pantry in the warehouse, expanding the holding capacity to 126 feet.
In a whirlwind of activity, …
Thanks to the Naples Daily News for this great story on Toby Ives, our interim CEO.
By Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster of the Naples Daily News
Toby Ives doesn't stay in one place for very long.
In the past 10 years, he's been the executive director of five food banks. His average tenure? Four months.
Since retiring in 2004, the 73-year-old has turned his nearly three decades of experience in the industry into a job as the fill-in of choice when food banks lose their chief executives. He served as …
By Tanya Phillips
During the holiday season, we are reminded of how fortunate we are. Many feel the need to give back.
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida distributes food to more than 150 agencies that serve families and individuals directly. The food is distributed to these agencies before the holidays. The food bank will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
One way you can give back is by volunteering your time. Here is the availability of …
Our thanks to Barbara Steinhoff, communications director for WGCU Public Radio and a WGCU member, who gives us a Q&A on the "what, when, where and why" of the Feed Public Radio...Feed A Family membership drive.
What exactly is Feed Public Radio…Feed A Family?
Fans of public radio know that our largest source of funding is listeners. The listeners who become members pay for the news, information and entertainment programs such as Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm …
Harry Chapin Food Bank partners with more than 150 partner agencies within five counties throughout Southwest Florida to serve about 30,000 people per month. To help end the war on hunger, Harry Chapin Food Bank is looking to partner with nonprofit agencies that want to join us in this battle. In order to be considered for partnership, there are key eligibility requirements that must be met:
Your charity is considered 501c3 as specified by the IRS, or affiliated …