Face of Hunger

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    School's out soon…and children will spend time with friends, at camp, and on family trips. But for 54,000 children living in Southwest Florida, summer is far from a carefree time. They will go hungry.

    More than 60% of public school children in our region qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. From August through May, these students rely on school meals to provide them with the vital nutrition they need to learn. Now, with schools closing for the summer, families will turn to …

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  • Meet Carroll Thomas – CSFP and Food Pantry client

    By: Karole Davis

    “If you don’t eat, you go downhill fast.”

    Carroll is a longtime Naples resident in her 70s who lives alone with no relatives nearby.  After losing her job in 2008, she developed serious back problems and became unable to work. 

    Carroll was encouraged to visit food pantries and sign up for the senior food program, CSFP, which provides 2 extra bags of food each month to seniors who qualify.  She was hesitant to ask for help, because she was …

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  • Families Share Their Stories

    Tags: Mobile Pantry

    We live in a warm and sunny paradise. There is no place for hunger. Yet hunger is here.

    There are about 164,000 people who are “food insecure” in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee Counties.  That means they often don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

    There are many reasons for this. Often, it's an issue of making ends meet, in the face of life emergencies. Our clients may have just lost a job, be unemployed or underemployed. They may have had an …

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  • Working Families Share Their Stories

    Tags: Collier County, Mobile Pantry

    by Mary Castro, Southwest Florida Food Corps (AmeriCorps Team at the Harry Chapin Food Bank)

    By the middle of each week, Maria asks herself the same stressful question: how do I feed my children?

    Maria and other mothers like her find their answer at mobile pantries where families receive fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and other food that help them get by for a few more days. The mobile pantries are possible because of a multi-year collaborative project between the Naples Children & …

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  • Fontayne's Story

    Meet Fontayne, a mom who works at a pharmacy part-time. She and her family receive food at Baker Center, a school pantry, one of our partner agencies.

    Many families we assist are working, but they don’t always earn enough to put food on the table...

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  • Helen's Story

    Tags: Lee County

    Helen has been a resident of North Fort Myers for 8 years after having been fired from a job she held in New Jersey for twenty years. Today, she is one of the estimated 30,000+ people who receive emergency food from the Harry Chapin Food Bank and its 150+ partner agencies.

    Helen has numerous medical conditions. She turns to one of Harry Chapin Food Bank’s partner agencies to put food on the table, saying “it’s because of places like this I can come and get food and know that …

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  • Gary's Story - Veteran in Need

    Gary Hubert served in the Army until he was diagnosed with a debilitating illness. Today, he is one of the estimated 30,000 people who receive emergency food from the Harry Chapin Food Bank and its 150 partner agencies.

    Multiple sclerosis changed Gary’s life forever. The illness forced him to leave the Army. He is wheelchair-bound and struggles to pay his bills. He turns to one of Harry Chapin Food Bank’s partner agencies to put food on the table. “It was the hardest decision …

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  • Your Gift At Work Now!

    These two little boys were elated with the turkey, sweet potatoes and other food their family received just days before Thanksgiving.

    “Yay! We get Thanksgiving!” they said during a Harry Chapin Food Bank mobile pantry. Because of your generous support, thousands of families and children like these two elementary school children will get a Thanksgiving this year.

    Your gift has helped us provide our neighbors in need with almost 12,000 holiday birds and other food that makes …

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