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  • Give Where You Live Collier

    Support the Harry Chapin Food Bank through Give Where You Live Collier online Feb. 21-Feb.22.

    What is Give Where You Live Collier?

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank invites supporters to take part in Give Where You Live Collier on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, Feb. 22. Your support will help the food bank in its mission to lead our community in the fight to end hunger.

    Give Where You Live Collier is a 24-hour, online fundraising challenge from noon on Wednesday to 11:59 a.m. on Thursday. The …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank receives $90,000 from Publix Super Markets fundraiser

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that Publix Super Markets has donated $90,000 to the food bank from the Food For All campaign, a fundraiser held by Publix throughout its territory in the Southeastern United States.

    The campaign, held over three weeks in November 2017, invited customers and associates to help feed the hungry by purchasing donation coupons ranging from $1 to $5 ,and adding it to their total at checkout. The funds raised are used to support …

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  • JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort donates more than $120,000 to the Food Bank

    Members of the executive staff at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort presented the Harry Chapin Food Bank with a donation of $120,163.55. From left: Laurie Valant, director of event management, JW Marriott; Marcus Borman, resident manager; Kelli King, major gifts officer for the Harry Chapin Food Bank; Rick Medwedeff, JW Marriott general manager; Amanda Cox, director of sales and marketing; Tu Chi, director of human resources.

    JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort donates more than $120,000 to the Food Bank

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank is thrilled to announce that the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort has raised $120,163 for the food bank through its #ReturnToParadise campaign.

    The campaign, which started after Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida and ran through Dec. 31, was aimed at helping the hospitality community and the resort’s associates recover from the storm’s impact.

    The JW Marriott Marco …

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  • WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk raises about $305,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    The 10th annual WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk was a rousing success Saturday, with hundreds of walkers raising an estimated $305,000 to help the Harry Chapin Food Bank feed the hungry in Southwest Florida.

    The weather was perfect for walking, and young and old, including lots of pets, strolled the two-mile route around the Miromar Outlets in Estero. It was a great way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the food bank’s biggest fundraiser of the year. “We’re so excited and …

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  • '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 …

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  • 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. …

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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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