Harry Chapin Food Bank launches fundraising campaign to provide food for low-income seniors

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is launching the Care & Share: Senior Feeding Campaign, a new $1.1 million program aimed at feeding more than 2,200 low-income seniors in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.

The state has designated $400,000 in seed money for the campaign in the recently-approved budget. Now, the food bank needs the community’s help to raise the additional $700,000 to fund its new Care & Share: Senior Feeding Campaign. A donation of $500 can help feed a senior for one year.

The Care & Share program will replace the government-sponsored Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which will no longer be available in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties as of July 1. The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which administers CSFP for the federal government, decided to end the program in those three counties due to shifts in priorities. Meanwhile, the state is expanding CSFP in Hendry and Glades and in other Florida counties.

State Sen. Kathleeen Passidomo (R-District 28) championed the funding request for the new Care & Share program during the state’s budget process, with support from state Reps. Chris Latvala (R-District 67) and Heather Fitzenhagen (R-District 78).

“We are excited to have the opportunity to feed more than 2,200 low-income seniors in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties,” said Richard LeBer, president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. “We are grateful for the seed funding from the state of Florida, and the leadership of elected officials, notably Senator Passidomo and Representatives Latvala and Fitzenhagen. We are gearing up the campaign immediately to ensure that no qualified senior goes hungry. We are confident that our generous community will rally to help us complete the funding for this campaign.”

The food bank invites you to support the new Care & Share: Senior Feeding Campaign by visiting http://www.hcfbcareandshare.org and clicking on the donate button.

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