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  • Fontayne's Story

    Meet Fontayne, a mom who works at a pharmacy part-time. She and her family receive food at Baker Center, a school pantry, one of our partner agencies.

    Many families we assist are working, but they don’t always earn enough to put food on the table...

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  • Make Your Hunger Walk List and Check it Twice

    The WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk on January 17th is the single largest fundraising event for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The 2015 #WinkHungerWalk is presented by Garden Street Iron & Metal, Inc., the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral along with many other local sponsors. A complete list can be seen here. The two-mile Walk is a non-competitive, family and pet friendly event at the Miromar Outlets in Estero.

    It’s time to get ready to walk! Here& …

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  • Scenes at Harry Chapin

    David holds bags of fresh produce to share with his family. Click image or here to view our planned giving material, "Create a Legacy of Hope."Mayrani, age 8, waits patiently with her mother and brother to receive food at Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades, one of HCFB's partner agencies. To view our resources available to our partner agencies, click here.The Naples Junior Chamber of Commerce, Naples Jaycees, package beans for HCFB at our Naples warehouse. To volunteer in Naples submit …

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  • You’re Invited: New Volunteer Opportunities in Naples!

    Are you looking for a fun volunteer activity in Naples? The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is in need of volunteers at our Naples warehouse.

    Our Naples warehouse is located at 2221 Corporation Blvd., Naples, FL 34109. Sign up today and get a friend to sign up!

    In the fall of 2012, the Harry Chapin Food Bank expanded to Naples with the opening of our new warehouse and office space. Starting in October 2014 – thanks to the addition of our AmeriCorps team members – …

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  • Naples Children & Education Foundation donates turkeys for Thanksgiving

    For release:

    Contact Joyce Jacobs

    Associate Director

    Harry Chapin Food Bank of SWFL

    239-334-7007 x 127

    239-839-4143

    The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, has donated approximately $10,000 to purchase about 600 turkeys for children and their families in need in Collier County. NCEF’s gift comes on the heels of a $2,300 gift for holiday turkeys raised by the Friends of the Foundation during an auction at The Escalante hotel …

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  • 7 Ways to Prep for a Harry Chapin #GivingTuesday

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    ‘Tis the Season… For Giving! As we gather with family and friends in holiday celebrations over the coming weeks, it’s the perfect time to remember our neighbors in need who struggle to put food on the table during this season – and throughout the rest of the year.

    Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday arrives this …

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  • Introducing AmeriCorps at the Harry Chapin Food Bank!

    Tags: Americorps, Mobile Pantry

    by Louise Bain, Programs Outreach Coordinator/AmeriCorps Program Manager and Mary Castro, Southwest Florida Food Corps AmeriCorps team

    AmeriCorps Serving Here banners can be spotted at mobile pantries and at the food bank’s warehouses in Lee and Collier Counties.  You may be asking yourself, “Who or what is AmeriCorps and how did it end up at Harry Chapin Food Bank?”

    Established in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, AmeriCorps works to recruit members to serve …

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  • Bank of America Partners with HCFB

    Bank of America Volunteers Help Harry Chapin Food Bank Provide Meals to Families in NeedLocal Event part of annual Give A Meal program, which matches $2 for each donated $1 through the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

    WHAT: To help fight hunger in our community, Bank of America associates will volunteer by packing food at the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 5. This event coincides with the annual Give A Meal program in which Bank of America and …

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  • Food Bank Happenings

    Food Bank Happenings

    By: Sam KellySocial Media and Online Services Coordinator Just around the corner is Halloween and then it’s turkey time! We’re excited to be a part of some events that have chosen us as a beneficiary. We are in need of volunteers to help us out. Volunteers are needed this Sunday for the Fort Myers Rotary Club’s Italian Fest and on November 8th at the Inaugural Bacon Fest.New from the food bank is our monthly eNews! Starting in the beginning of November …

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  • Bringing a Building to Life

    Have you ever passed a commercial warehouse and thought, “Wow, that’s a beautiful building. It really brightens the neighborhood and makes me smile!”?

    OK, probably not, or at least, not too often. For those of you who have visited the Harry Chapin Food Bank, and some of you come often as volunteers, you’ll probably agree that the above sentiment isn’t exactly what you think when you drive up. The warehouse is well-kept and, well, it’s just… very& …

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  • Scare Hunger Away with HCFB

    By Sam KellySocial Media & Online Services Coordinator

    Hunger is scary! Here’s what HCFB is doing to scare it back!On October 5, 2014 the Harry Chapin Food Bank won a $60,000 Walmart Fight Hunger Spark Change grant thanks to an enormous effort from SWFL hunger-fighters wanting to help those facing hunger in the 239. Voting was open for three weeks, starting September 15th during Hunger Action Month and ended at midnight this past Sunday, October 5th.  With this money we will be …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank: NO CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND

    NO CHILDREN LEFT BEHINDBy: Chris RobinsonHCFB Food Resourcing Managerchrisrobinson@harrychapinfoodbank.orgHow fortunate we are my friend, to live in “Paradise.”For thousands of our neighbors though, it isn’t quite so nice.Children all throughout our town wake up and go to school.Most will thrive and learn each day, with bellies nice and full.That’s not the case for other kids that don’t have much to eat.For them just getting through the day is something of a …

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  • Create a Legacy of Hope and Security

    A hunger-free community is what we all wish for our neighbors in need. Yet, 30,000 Southwest Floridians still struggle each month to put food on the table, and the demand for Harry Chapin Food Bank services continues to grow.

    Consider the values you hold dear. Do you believe that no child should go to school on an empty stomach? Do you believe that no senior should skip a meal in order to pay for medication? Your legacy can help reflect these core values. 

    When you make a planned …

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  • Mosaic Hunger-Relief Forum

    by Al Brislain,HCFB President and CEO

    Last week I attended the Mosaic Hunger-Relief Forum in Bradenton. It was a gathering of more than 300 representatives of food banks and other non-profit organizations, food-related industry representatives, and governmental representatives. While it might sound like a typical conference, it was not. Mosaic and its conference planning group hit a real home run! 

    The conference started off with an excellent speech by Department of Agriculture and …

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  • Providing Meals & Snacks to Children

    Written by: Louise Bain, Programs Outreach Coordinator/AmeriCorps Program ManagerSummer is over and children all over Southwest Florida are back in school, making new friends and learning lots of new things.  With the start of the school year also comes the end of the Summer Feeding Program. A total of 126 sites in Lee, Charlotte, Collier and Hendry Counties served healthy meals (a combination of breakfast, lunch and/or snacks) to children who might otherwise go without a meal …

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  • Thank you Suncoast Credit Union Foundation

    The Suncoast Credit Union has generously joined a challenge grant from Publix Super Market Charities and awarded the Food Bank $25,000.

    These dollars will in part enable the expansion of our freezer and more than double the capacity, with space for an additional 21 pallets, or a potential total of 42,000 more pounds of perishable food. 

    During the last three months of the year, this space may hold literally thousands (14,000 in 2013) of frozen chickens and turkeys for distribution to …

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  • Does your employer have a volunteer-grants or matching-gifts program?

    Tags: Volunteer

    Are you employed at Walmart? Target? CarMax? Allstate? These are just a few companies that provide volunteer grants to the organizations that their employees volunteer at.

    Did you retire from Bank of America? Bank of America provides volunteer grants for current and retired employees.

    Volunteer-grant programs, also known as "dollars for doers" programs, are charitable-giving programs set up by corporations in which the company provides a monetary donation to eligible nonprofits as a way to …

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  • Thanks To Our Supporters & Volunteers!

    All the support we receive here at the Harry Chapin Food Bank is extremely valued and appreciated. This week we would like to highlight a handful of corporate and community contributions that are making a big difference.

    Recently we received a $1,000 grant from The CarMax Foundation to honor volunteer service at the Food Bank by several CarMax employees. CarMax is just one of many companies with volunteer-grant or “dollars for doers” programs. Ask your Human Resources department if …

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  • WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk 2015

    Hunger Walk Committee Making Plans

    The planning committee for the 2015 WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk is making plans for the event to be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Miromar Outlets in Estero.  The Hunger Walk is the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s largest fundraiser of the year, having raised more than $1 million since 2008 to help feed Southwest Floridians. More than 1,000 people attended the 2014 Walk, raising over $300,000.  

    Anne Rose from Lee …

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  • Walmart Provides New Truck to Help Feed Families

    Tags: Mobile Pantry

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 29, 2014) – More than 320 families received 17,340 pounds of fresh, nutritious food Monday thanks to Walmart associates and a $140,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program that has provided a new refrigerated truck to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The truck was unveiled during mobile pantry distribution at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 211 W. Charlotte Ave., in Punta Gorda. 

    This vehicle will enable us to serve more families, more communities, …

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  • Striving for “Zero Waste” -- And Helping Animals in the Process

    by Kelli King, Philanthropy Relations Manager

    At the Harry Chapin Food Bank we strive to ensure food does not go to waste. As part of our ongoing efforts to become a zero-waste facility, it’s encouraging to know that food deemed inedible can be used to sustain the work of the Octagon Wildlife Refuge in Punta Gorda.

    Octagon is a rescue home for abused and unwanted exotic animals.  For more than 30 years, Octagon has saved thousands of animals such as lions, tigers, bears, birds, …

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  • Wawa Donates $5,000 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank as Part of Fort Myers Groundbreaking Festivities

    You may have heard the news that convenience store chain Wawa is preparing to open new locations in Southwest Florida. Yesterday, July 15, Wawa and their community partners held a groundbreaking event for one of their new stores in Fort Myers. The following press release from the event details Wawa's partnership with the Harry Chapn Food Bank to fight hunger in Southwest Florida.

    Wawa Donates $5,000 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida as Part of Fort Myers Groundbreaking …

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  • Summer Feeding Program Provides Free, Nutritious Meals

    Tags: Child Hunger

    by Louise Bain, Programs Outreach Coordinator

    Most children look forward to summer vacation. Time spent playing with friends, going to the beach or taking a family trip is always fun. But for many of our neighbors, summer is a time of great need because they don’t know where their next meal will come from. During the academic year, kids and teens receive breakfast and lunch at school for free or at reduced prices, but many children who rely on those meals are at risk of hunger or poor …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank Awarded Morgan Stanley Grant to Deliver Nutritious Meals to Children and Families

    Tags: Mobile Pantry, Child Hunger, Collier County

    Harry Chapin Food Bank Awarded Morgan Stanley Grant to Expand Program Delivering Nutritious Meals to Children and Families

    $25,000 Grant Will Fund "School Pantry Program"

    Naples, FL — June 27, 2014 — The Harry Chapin Food Bank today announced a $25,000 grant from Morgan Stanley to fund its School Pantry Program, a child hunger initiative that helps make sure low-income families in Collier County have a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food to prepare at home. …

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  • What are you planning to do this summer? Why not volunteer at Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida?!

    Tags: Volunteer, Mobile Pantry, corporate volunteering

    Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your teenager this summer? Show them how they can give back to the community by volunteering. The value of volunteering one shift at the Food Bank is $67.65. Are your teenage grandchildren visiting for the summer? Bring them with you to volunteer. You brag about them all the time, now show them off! On average, each volunteer prepares 637 pounds of food, equal to 531 meals, for distribution in a single volunteer shift.

    Are you unemployed? Don& …

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  • There’s A Whole Lot of Packing Going On in Collier County!

    Tags: Volunteers, Fresh Produce

    ...And we’re not just talking about the snowbirds packing to leave for the season.

    From corporate offices to churches and civic organizations, Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Naples warehouse has been the host site for many groups spending a couple of hours volunteering to pack produce -- all in the name of making sure our neighbors in need have fresh produce to eat and helping us continue our mission of Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope.

    For many years the goal in food distribution programs …

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  • HCFB Mobile Pantry Program

    Tags: Mobile Pantry

    Our Mobile Pantry Program was established in July 2010 and since then has delivered thousands of meals of fresh produce and food to families in need. The food bank staff works together to coordinate food quantities, distribution rates, location and partnerships, including making volunteer arrangements. Sometimes mobile pantries are sponsored by a particular organization and the host sites can vary. A single mobile pantry can feed 300 families, with the average mobile pantry distribution being 2 …

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  • Hunger Does Not Take a Summer Vacation

    Tags: Mobile Pantry, Child Hunger

    With Memorial Day weekend behind us, the dog days of summer are just around the corner. The season conjures up memories of barbeques and fireworks, sweltering heat and daily rainstorms. Things slow down around Southwest Florida as school lets out and our snowbird friends return north.

    But the summer also means a time of heightened need for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the thousands of families we serve as we face the season’s triple threat:

    With limited school lunch and breakfast …

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  • Produce is Priority

    Working with our partner agencies and through our mobile pantries, the Harry Chapin Food Bank strives to get fresh produce to families, children and seniors.For years we’ve been told of the importance of consuming an adequate amount of fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. Of course few of us – even those with financial means – actually do. Doctors and nutritionists have been clear: Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of contracting Type 2 …

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  • Surprising Benefits to Volunteering - Pt 2

    Tags: Volunteer

    This is the second of our two-part series on volunteerism at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Read part one here.Volunteering can advance your careerIf you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, …

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  • Our 100 Millionth Pound Distribution

    Tags: Mobile Pantry, Lee County

    I feel pride and sadness whenever I attend a Harry Chapin Food Bank mobile pantry. It warms my soul to see volunteers and HCFB staff provide the bags of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat that stave off hunger for another few days or a few weeks, but an ominous chill upsets that warmth. Hunger looms so largely in the lives of those the food bank serves. I feel the sorrow of these families, seniors and children who need help with something so basic: food.They put aside their pride and fear of …

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  • It’s Getting Cooler in Collier County…Brrr!

    Tags: Collier County

    At least, that is, at the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Collier County warehouse.We have recently installed a new industrial-sized freezer in our Naples warehouse located at 2221 Corporation Blvd. This addition will allow the Harry Chapin Food Bank to store and distribute a larger quantity and higher quality of food. Items such as poultry, beef, pork and other frozen goods will now be readily available to our more than 25 partner agencies in Collier County.

    Hunger continues to be an issue …

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  • The Dock of the Food Bank

    Hello, my name is Sam Kelly and I am the Social Media and Online Services Coordinator here at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. One privilege I have in my role is photographing the happenings of the food bank – from daily happenings to major events and everything in between.Daily we distribute approximately 50,000 pounds of food to our partner agencies. Through our various partner agencies of emergency shelters, relief agencies and other nonprofit organizations we serve our 30,000+ clients a …

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  • Surprising Benefits to Volunteering - Pt 1

    Tags: Volunteers

    In 2013, more than 2,750 volunteers collectively provided almost 42,830 hours to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. It may be hard to find the time with our busy lives to volunteer but the benefits are enormous. Volunteering can help you find friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and reach out into the community. At the Food Bank there are many volunteer opportunities.

    One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteers are often the glue that holds a …

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  • Big or small, every gift makes a difference

    Tags: Lee County, Mobile Pantry

    “I wish it could be more…”“Wish it was more; this is the best I can do…”These two handwritten notes – scrawled on small pieces of paper – accompanied two recent donations to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. In the middle of otherwise routine days of processing donations, these apologetic declarations gave me pause and made me think.These are still tough economic times for many. Day in and day out, I’m impressed by the generosity of the …

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  • Helen's Story

    Tags: Lee County

    Helen has been a resident of North Fort Myers for 8 years after having been fired from a job she held in New Jersey for twenty years. Today, she is one of the estimated 30,000+ people who receive emergency food from the Harry Chapin Food Bank and its 150+ partner agencies.

    Helen has numerous medical conditions. She turns to one of Harry Chapin Food Bank’s partner agencies to put food on the table, saying “it’s because of places like this I can come and get food and know that …

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  • Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope with The Global FoodBanking Network

    Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope with The Global FoodBanking NetworkBy: Al Brislain, President and CEO, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest FloridaI was invited to speak to the Global Food Bank Network’s Leadership Institute. More than 70 people attended, representing more than 30 countries, including Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, India, France, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Bulgaria, Russia, Israel, Dubai, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Canada, …

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  • BBQ & BASH raises more than $10,000 to feed SW Florida children!

    The Chamber of Southwest Florida's Leadership Lee County Class of 2012, a program of The Chamber of Southwest Florida, raised more than $10,000 at its Big BBQ & Bash event, held January 24 at Harley-Davidson of Fort Myers. The money raised is to be distributed equally to three charities that feed hungry children in Southwest Florida: African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM), Blessings in a Backpack, Lee County, and the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Each organization received $3,359.74 to help …

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  • Naples Mobile Pantry Sponsored by Naples Children & Education Foundation

    Tags: Mobile Pantry, Collier County

    Naples Mobile Pantry - Mother and Daughter

    On Thursday, January 30, 2014 a Mobile Pantry was sponsored by Naples Children and Education Foundation. Thank you to NCEF, the volunteers and everyone who supports our mission to eliminate hunger in Southwest Florida. A little rain doesn't slow us down! Below are some photos from the rainy afternoon. More images can be found on our Facebook album.

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  • 2014 Empty Bowls: Naples Sets New Record/Raises $60,000 for HCFB

    Tags: Empty Bowls Naples

    2014 #NaplesEmptyBowls HCFB Facebook Album: Sensational Soups2014 #NaplesEmptyBowls HCFB Facebook Album:  The Art & Artists2014 #NaplesEmptyBowls HCFB Facebook Album:  A Day In Cambier ParkThe 8th Annual Empty Bowls: Naples set a new record by raising $60,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank, when about 2,000 participants gathered Jan. 25 at Cambier Park to sample soups and to bid on bowls made by area artists. Proceeds will help the food bank provide $360,000 worth of …

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  • 2014 Wink Hunger Walk a Success

    Tags: Wink News Feeds Families Hunger Walk, Hunger Walk, Wink News

    Harry Chapin Food Bank FACEBOOK 2014 WINK HUNGER WALK Album2014 Wink Hunger Walk TEAM PHOTOS (courtesy of Scott Thomas from Wink News)The 2014 WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk reached its goal of $300,000 on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Miromar Outlets in Estero.Thanks to the community for its generosity, event sponsors, donors and walkers and Larry Lipman, president of Lipman Produce, who donated more than $10,000 to ensure that the food bank reached its goal.

     “The Food Bank is …

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  • Publix Kicks-off Food For All Holiday Campaign

    Publix Gift of Hope

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank is proud to once again be a community partner of Publix Super Markets for their 2013 Food For All campaign. From now until Dec. 24, you can support the Harry Chapin Food Bank and other non-profits with your $1, $3 and $5 donations at checkout stands. Give the gift of hope every time you shop at your local Publix and have a happy holiday season!

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  • Gary's Story - Veteran in Need

    Gary Hubert served in the Army until he was diagnosed with a debilitating illness. Today, he is one of the estimated 30,000 people who receive emergency food from the Harry Chapin Food Bank and its 150 partner agencies.

    Multiple sclerosis changed Gary’s life forever. The illness forced him to leave the Army. He is wheelchair-bound and struggles to pay his bills. He turns to one of Harry Chapin Food Bank’s partner agencies to put food on the table. “It was the hardest decision …

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  • Your Gift At Work Now!

    These two little boys were elated with the turkey, sweet potatoes and other food their family received just days before Thanksgiving.

    “Yay! We get Thanksgiving!” they said during a Harry Chapin Food Bank mobile pantry. Because of your generous support, thousands of families and children like these two elementary school children will get a Thanksgiving this year.

    Your gift has helped us provide our neighbors in need with almost 12,000 holiday birds and other food that makes …

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