'Tis the season

We hope this finds you well and celebrating the holidays with those you love.

We also ask you to consider that for many in our community, the holidays are little different from the other days of the year in which they try to make ends meet and have enough to eat. The Harry Chapin Food Bank tells you their stories throughout the year.

There is the young Fort Myers mother who carries her toddler on her hip and tells you that without the food she receives at one of our mobile pantries, there are days when her children may not eat.

There is the 81-year-old Bonita Springs man who lives in his car and relies on the food he receives from our new Care & Share: Senior Feeding Campaign.

There is the North Fort Myers man who is a volunteer as well as a client at one of our partner agencies, and refuses to take any food himself until others are served.

There is the Naples woman who places the food she receives in a stroller with her sleeping child and says she sometimes must choose to pay a bill rather than buy food.

One in seven of our neighbors in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties experienced hunger this year. They include about 54,540 children.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank leads the largest hunger relief network in Southwest Florida. Your support enables us to continue to help them, and we are grateful.

This holiday season, give a gift that matters. Make a gift to the Harry Chapin Food Bank in honor of those you love.

To donate, visit donate.harrychapinfoodbank.org.

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