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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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  • 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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  • The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida ready to assist as Hurricane Irma damage is assessed

    For daily updates, visit harrychapinham.org/hurricane-irma.

    Hurricane Irma Relief

    Our best wishes go out to all as we deal with damage throughout the community and begin to recover. The food bank is assesing damage and we have already begun to contact our partner agencies. We will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, to begin relief efforts. Our Fort Myers facility had some minor damage, but nothing significant enough to keep us from responding to the needs of …

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  • The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida ready to assist as Hurricane Irma damage is assessed

    For daily updates, visit harrychapinham.org/hurricane-irma.

    Hurricane Irma Relief

    Our best wishes go out to all as we deal with damage throughout the community and begin to recover. The food bank is assesing damage and we have already begun to contact our partner agencies. We will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, to begin relief efforts. Our Fort Myers facility had some minor damage, but nothing significant enough to keep us from responding to the needs of …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank to distribute OFF!® mosquito repellent to Southwest Florida residents

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank will distribute 80,000 units of OFF! mosquito repellent during June, July and August to those in need throughout its service area of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

    The mosquito repellent donation, from maker SC Johnson, will help combat and prevent Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. The local distribution is part of a larger donation of 540,000 units that will be provided statewide by the Feeding Florida network of food banks. The Harry …

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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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  • 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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  • The final total is in for the 2017 WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk!

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that the final total raised for the ninth annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk is $321,600. 

    This is a 5.4 percent increase over last year’s total of $305,000.  At least 1,000 walkers, young and old, let their feet do the walking to help feed the hungry Jan. 21 at the Miromar Outlets in Estero. The two-mile family and pet-friendly walk is the food bank’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

    "Last …

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  • The Hoffer Foundation will match gifts made to the Harry Chapin Food Bank on Nov. 16

    The Hoffer Family Foundation and the Southwest Florida German Shepherd Rescue would like to invite you and your friends to a fundraising event at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, at Don Gasgarth Ford, 3156 Tamiami Trail, in Port Charlotte.  The Hoffer Family Foundation will match gifts made to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Yah Yah Girls/Back Pack Kidz at this event.  The Hoffer Family Foundation will make a brief presentation about the …

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  • Value of food Harry Chapin Food Bank provides has increased

    The value of the food that Harry Chapin Food Bank rescues and distributes has increased, based on the nonprofit’s latest analysis. This means that for every $1 donated to the food bank, the organization provides $8’s worth of food to its partner agencies and clients in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. Previous years’ analysis indicated that for each donated dollar the food bank could provide $6 in food.

    The food bank can turn a donated dollar …

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  • GIVING CHALLENGE WEBSITE GOES LIVE AT NOON ON SEPTEMBER 20

    "Be The One" to help us in our mission to fight hunger and feed hope during the 2016 Giving Challenge, a 24-hour, online fundraiser starting at noon Tuesday, Sept. 20, and continuing through noon Wednesday, Sept. 21. 

    During this 24-hour time period, contributions to the food bank through the Giving Challenge website will be matched 2:1 for new donors and 1:1 for returning donors, thanks to the Patterson Foundation.

    To donate during this 24-hour period, visit:  …

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  • Hunger Walk Kickoff Breakfast

    WINK-TV Anchor Lois Thome dubbed everyone “Hunger Walk ambassadors” at the kickoff breakfast Tuesday for the 2017 WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk, and charged them with the duty to go out and spread the word!

    The breakfast, hosted by the Northern Trust Bank in Fort Myers, brought together sponsors and sponsor hopefuls to learn more about the Ninth Annual Hunger Walk, which will be held Jan. 21 at Miromar Outlets in Estero.

    This is the biggest annual fundraiser for the food …

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  • Putting the Heat on Summer Hunger

    For thousands of children in Southwest Florida, summer not only means no school, but no lunch.

    Nationally, about 22 million children receive free or reduced-price meals daily through the National School Lunch Program, according to Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks and the nation's largest hunger relief organization. Harry Chapin Food Bank is an affiliate of Feeding America.

    Locally, in Lee County, more than 70 percent of schoolchildren qualify for the federal program. In Collier …

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  • New members join the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida Board of Directors

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors. Lois Thome, Gary Gardner, Jeffrey Maddox and John D. Clinger were elected at Tuesday’s meeting marking the end of the food bank’s fiscal year.

    In addition, the food bank thanks Dr. Brian Schwartz of Florida Urology Physicians and Noelle Melanson, attorney and founder of Melanson Law, PA, for their years of service. Their terms on the board of directors ended on Tuesday. The new members bring a wide …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank Reaches GuideStar Platinum Level

    Tags: Guidestar Platinum, Awards

    Guidestar Platinum

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.

    By sharing metrics that highlight changes the Harry Chapin Food Bank is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation like overhead ratios.

    "We are dedicated to transparency and conveying our …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank Receives Seventh Consecutive Four-Star Rating from Charity Watchdog

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading nonprofit watchdog organization, for the seventh consecutive time.

    The top rating is awarded to charitable organizations that have shown sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

    “The Harry Chapin Food Bank’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” said Michael Thatcher, …

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  • CenturyLink employees, communities to participate in national food drive

    Harry Chapin Food Bank one of several nonprofits to benefit locally

    FORT MYERS, Fla. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is holding its annual CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive June 6-17 to support more than 150 food banks in the communities the company serves across the United States.

    As part of this effort, CenturyLink is inviting local residents to join its employees in supporting the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers as well as Saint Matthew’s House in Naples, Charlotte …

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