Giving Tuesday

Dorita stood in line at a Harry Chapin Food Bank mobile pantry In Naples with her son, Ismael, 3, who slept through it all in his stroller. “A lot of times, we don’t have much to eat,” said Dorita, a stay-at-home mom with three children.

“Every day things are getting more expensive,” she said. “It’s hard to buy meat, especially for the kids.” Often, “We have to use money on something different instead of buying food,” she said.

Dorita and her family are among the nearly 160,000 people in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee counties who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from. They may have been laid off, are underemployed, dealing with a serious illness, or a life-changing event like a death or divorce. They may be trying to recover lost wages or face fixing damages to home and property due to Hurricane Irma.

About 50,000 of these Southwest Floridians are children. #Giving Tuesday is a worldwide movement to celebrate and encourage giving to others. It always falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Some refer to it as the formal kickoff to the holiday giving season.

Whatever you may call it, Nov. 28 is a day aimed at bringing diverse groups of individuals and communities together for the same cause: to cultivate the spirit of giving. We invite you to participate by visiting harrychapinfoodbank.org to support our mission: To lead our community in the fight to end hunger. Besides donating at harrychapinfoodbank.org, here are some ways you can help:

A good match

For the sixth consecutive year, Bank of America and Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks across the country, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, are partnering in the Give A 

Meal Program. For every $1 donated to the Give A Meal program now through Dec. 31, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give $2 more. The foundation will match up to $1.5 million in online donations nationwide, or up to $50,000 per food bank. Donations can be made at www.bankofamerica.com/give.

You can make a donation to Feeding America nationally or specifically to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Designate donations to the Harry Chapin Food Bank by typing in your ZIP code when you go to the website. 

Give of your time
Volunteers are the heart of our mission. If you would like to join in, please fill out a volunteer application at www.harrychapinfoodbank.org/donate/volunteer. You can also contact: Tanya Phillips, Lee County volunteer coordinator, at (239) 334-7007 ext. 141 or tphillips@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

Todd Lewis, Collier County volunteer coordinator, at (239) 334-7007 ext. 204 or tlewis@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

Give food

Our Fort Myers and Naples locations accept nonperishable donations. Please call 334-7007 with any questions or to ask for a tour. Holding a food and/or fund drive is also a great way to give. Learn more at  www.harrychapinfoodbank.org/donate/gifts-and-drives/food-and-fund-drives.

Fort Myers warehouse

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
3760 Fowler St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Collier County center

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
3940 Prospect Ave., #101
Naples, FL 34104

 Whatever way you choose to help, we at the Harry Chapin Food Bank are thankful.

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