The Harry Chapin Food Bank is thrilled to announce that its Recover, Rebuild, Restore fundraising campaign to help our community recover from Hurricane Irma has raised $590,370. That’s $90,370 above the goal set when the food bank launched the campaign on Sept. 22.
“We are so grateful for the generous support of our many donors, from our local community and beyond,” said Richard LeBer, president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. “Many people will need our help for a long time yet as they recover, rebuild and restore. These donations will enable us to keep helping them.”
The campaign started in the days following the hurricane, as the food bank shifted from providing immediate emergency food to helping our partner agencies replenish their pantries and food programs to serve their communities.
As the lead hunger-relief agency helping the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we wanted to ensure that our neighbors in need received as much food and support as we could possibly provide. The Harry Chapin Food Bank has received more than 90 tractor-trailer truckloads of food, water and ice and has distributed more than 3.9 million pounds of these supplies in the wake of the hurricane.
The community will remain in recovery mode for a long time. Natural disasters place an even greater strain on those who may not know where their next meal is coming from. Hurricane Irma has limited the resources in our region and our neighbors still face the impact of paying for damages to their home and property, replacing the food they lost and making up for time away from the job. The long-term aftermath of the storm will likely result in higher costs for food, rent, insurance and other expenses of daily life, as well as impact employment, particularly in agriculture.
With our almost 35 years of experience as the leading hunger fighter in Southwest Florida, the Harry Chapin Food Bank is proud to have met this challenge and, with your help and contributions, will continue to help our community recover. We could not do it without you!