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  • The Harry Chapin Food Bank receives funds for new mobile pantry truck from Publix Super Market Charities

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank has received $150,000 grant from Publix Super Market Charities to purchase a new refrigerated mobile pantry truck to support food distributions in under-served communities.

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank’s mobile food pantry program, called “Fulfill,” went into high gear in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, with the food bank holding 72 mobile pantries in one month, more than triple the average monthly number. As Southwest Florida continues its long-term …

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  • Three thousand turkeys needed for neighbors in need

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank is asking the community to donate 3,000 turkeys so those in need can have a Thanksgiving dinner.

    The food bank says they have purchased $37,500 in gift cards at $10 each to distribute to families via partner agencies. The cards are designated for the purchase of food at local supermarkets for holiday meals.

    These gift cards are often more economical and efficient for clients, because they can purchase their turkeys, chickens or other Thanksgiving food at the sale …

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  • Our campaign to help Southwest Florida recover from Hurricane Irma surpasses its goal

    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 …

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  • Recover, Rebuild, Restore - Stories from Hurricane Irma

    Montes Eliscar

    Montes Eliscar waited patiently at an emergency mobile pantry distribution held by the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Naples. His power has been out since Irma devastated the area. “I can’t sleep at night and supplies are scarce,” he said. He luckily escaped the storm with a few trees that just missed his house. “I am very thankful. All the trees that came down in my area seemed to fall away from peoples’ homes.”

    Charles

    But beyond …

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  • Help Harry Chapin Food Bank Recover, Rebuild and Restore Southwest Florida

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank is launching a $500,000, six-week campaign to help Southwest Florida Recover, Rebuild, Restore from Hurricane Irma.

    We are shifting from distributing at emergency mobile pantries to replenishing our partner agencies with food, so they can distribute to the local communities and neighborhoods they serve.

    We want to ensure that our neighbors in need receive as much food and support as we can possibly provide. The food bank can turn every dollar donated into $8 worth …

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  • Family Volunteer Day was a hit!

    Our first Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, June 10 was a hit!

    We had an enthusiastic group of 44 adults and children who toured the Harry Chapin Food Bank main warehouse in Fort Myers and participated in various activities, like packing potatoes, creating cards for some of our clients, and designing and coloring the bags that hold the food for our senior feeding program.

    The group worked hard! The results were: three tons of potatoes packed (6,000 pounds!), 97 cards created and 73 senior …

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  • 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 …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank to hold first-ever Family Volunteer Day

    At Harry Chapin Food Bank, we love our volunteers. Without their donated time and effort, we could not continue our mission to lead the fight against hunger in our community. Our volunteers come from everywhere and all walks of life: working professionals, retirees, snowbirds, stay-at-home-parents, high school and college students, members of the U.S. military and more.

    Now we invite you to come and volunteer as a family on our first Family Volunteer Day. This special event, from 9 to 11:30 a. …

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  • If you care, share!

    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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  • Letter Carriers Food Drive

    Letter carriers in Lee County are gearing up for the 25th annual national letter carrier food drive. The nation’s largest single-day food drive, “Stamp Out Hunger,” will be held on Saturday, May 13. This is the one day when letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes.

    Summer is coming, school will be out, and the need for food assistance will be great. Food collected …

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  • Food Assistance May Continue for Low-Income Seniors

    Assistance may be coming for over 2200 low-income seniors in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties from Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) to replace supplemental food from a government program that will be discontinued in July.

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced that it was discontinuing funding for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) in 3 Southwest Florida counties, as it refocuses the program on other counties that it considers higher …

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  • Almost 2,300 low-income seniors to lose food

    Almost 2,300 low-income seniors in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties will no longer receive supplemental food from a government program operated by the Harry Chapin Food Bank starting July 1, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

    The state’s decision cuts off 2,284 low-income seniors in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties from receiving nutritious food through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or CSFP, a federal program administered by the …

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  • Volunteers power the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    Volunteers power the Harry Chapin Food Bank. It’s as simple as that.

    Without our volunteers, we could not help provide food to the almost 164,000 people in our community

    who are food insecure – that is, they may not know where their next meal is coming from. Of that number, about 54,800 are children.

    Take an active role in the fight to end hunger in Southwest Florida and join the Harry Chapin Food Bank ranks of volunteers. Harry Chapin Food Bank is a member of Feeding …

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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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  • Stuff The Bus

    United Way of Collier County, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Publix Super Markets and Collier Area Transit are teaming up to host the fourth annual Collier County "Stuff the Bus" Food Drive on Sunday, Feb. 19.

    Collier County is home to Naples, well-known as one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. However, not well-known is the fact that about 40,000 people in Collier County are food …

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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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  • Hunger Summit, “See the World Through Their Eyes,” is a Success

    A Hunger Summit held Thursday by the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida met its goal in bringing together representatives of food bank partner agencies, as well as community leaders, to discuss current issues and talk strategy about fighting hunger in Southwest Florida.

    "We had a very productive gathering of 180 people representing all of our many agencies,” said Richard LeBer, food bank president and CEO. "This was a great opportunity for all network members to learn from one …

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  • Letter Carriers Food Drive shows community’s collaborative spirit

    Tags: stamp out hunger, Letter Carriers National Food Drive, post office

    The Letter Carriers’ National #StampOutHunger Food Drive Saturday struck a blow against summer hunger in Southwest Florida. 

    The nation’s largest single-day food drive collected a preliminary 187,000 pounds locally that went to the Harry Chapin Food Bank Fort Myers warehouse, with more food still coming in from other post offices in Lee County. The final total is yet to be tallied.

    More than 400 volunteers, including food sorters and volunteer drivers, participated along …

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  • FGCU Women's Basketball Team brings winning ways to the food bank

    Tags: FGCU, Basketball, women's basketball team, FGCU Eagles, Whitney Knight, WNBA

    We had sports celebrities in our midst this week as the FGCU Women’s Basketball Team came to volunteer at the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers warehouse.

    The team had a terrific season and soared all the way to the finals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, before losing the title game to South Dakota. 

    Earlier this week they worked at a long table in the food bank warehouse, energetically packing food for our senior hunger-relief program for low- …

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  • Walmart’s “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” national campaign runs through April 25

    Walmart’s 2016 “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” campaign continues through April 25 to help Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Walmart has donated $1.5 million to kick off the campaign, with a goal of raising $3 million with the public’s support.

    There are several ways to participate:

    • Walmart is partnering with five of its suppliers, which will donate the equivalent of one meal for each of their participating …

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