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  • Here are 200 million reasons to donate to the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    The holiday giving season is officially here. During this, our 35th anniversary year, we are also celebrating 200 million pounds of food distributed to feed our neighbors in need in Southwest Florida. You are the reason we reached this milestone. 

    Please continue to support our mission to lead our community in the fight to end hunger by donating to the Harry Chapin …

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  • The Harry Chapin Food Bank and Bank of America partner to help individuals who face hunger in Southwest Florida through Give A Meal program

    WHAT: For the 7th consecutive year, Feeding America® Bank of America and the Harry Chapin Food Bank are joining forces through Give A Meal . Through this partnership, we want to break the cycle and end hunger in communities like Southwest Florida and across the country. Join us in support of the Harry Chapin Food Bank this holiday season by donating to Give A Meal at www.bankofamerica.com/give. For every $1 you donate, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give $2 more, up to $1.5 …

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  • Let's Feed Lee

    Residents are invited to shop any of Publix Super Markets’ 35 Lee County stores from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank is partnering with Publix and the United Way of Lee County in “Let’s Feed Lee,” a food drive to bring in some of the most-needed staples for the more than 150 partner agencies the food bank serves. Participating is easy. Just go to a store, purchase one or more …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank builds a new program to honor “Superstar” supporters

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank invites your business, community group or school to become part of our new Superstar Wall. We’re designating a wall at the food bank’s Fort Myers and Naples locations to pay tribute to our supporters who meet criteria in three simple areas: Funds, Friends and Food.

    Funds: Raise a minimum of $500 for the food bank. Remember, we can turn every dollar donated into $8 worth of food.

    Friends: Schedule a volunteer day. There are opportunities for everyone …

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  • Volunteer food sorters and drivers needed to help Stamp Out Hunger May 12

    The Letter Carriers’ National #StampOutHunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 12, and the Harry Chapin Food Bank invites residents to support the goal of feeding those in need.

    Letter carriers in Lee County are gearing up to take part in the 26th annual drive, the nation’s largest single-day food drive. This is the one day when letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes. Last year, 300,305 pounds of food were collected.

    This is also the largest single- …

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  • Publix Super Markets partners with Harry Chapin Food Bank for “Let’s Feed Collier”

    Residents are invited to visit any one of 19 Publix Super Markets in Collier County from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, for a new food drive called “Let’s Feed Collier.”

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank is partnering with Publix to bring in some of the most-needed items for the 30 partner agencies the food bank serves in Collier County. Participating is easy. Just go to a store, purchase one or more items, and donate them as you leave to the food bank staff and volunteers set …

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  • 35 Years of Feeding SW Florida, As the Need Continues to Grow

    When the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida opened its doors as the Lee County Food Cooperative in 1983, who could have imagined that 35 years later the food bank would distribute 22,300,000 pounds of food in a single year?

    The food bank's reach has grown from a handful of partner agencies to more than 150 today. Through food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and disaster relief agencies, the food bank keeps hunger at bay for nearly 160,000 individuals (50,000 of them …

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  • Give Where You Live Collier

    Thank you for supporting the Harry Chapin Food Bank during Give Where You Live Collier

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank thanks those who participated in the 24-hour, Give Where You Live Collier online fundraiser on Tuesday and today. The food bank raised $23,465 in both online and physical donations from the start of the fundraiser at noon Tuesday, Feb. 21 through 11:59 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. That total will increase once we receive a portion of the money from two matching funds. Your donations …

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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

    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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