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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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  • 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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  • Read (and watch) all about it!

    Tags: Harry Chapin, Naples Daily News, ABC 7, Florida Weekly, The News-Press, Behind the Headlines, Volunteer, Newsweek

    We’re making a splash in the media lately, in print, online and on TV, with several stories and a top-notch video on the food bank, what it does and how it works. The video was produced by The Naples Daily News for their Sunday show on ABC-7, “Behind the Headlines.” Watch it here.

    We thank them for providing this clip of the program.

    The show featured the food bank, with a tour and interview with our president and CEO, Richard LeBer. The show introduced Satisfy the …

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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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  • Starbucks perks up to help feed the hungry

    Tags: Starbucks

    Socially-minded Starbucks has launched a FoodShare Program to donate unsold nourishing, ready-to-eat meals to Feeding America’s network of food banks, rather than see them tossed in the trash.

    The FoodShare Program will be implemented over the next five years to rescue 100 percent of Starbucks’ unsold ready-to eat meals, including breakfast and Panini sandwiches, Bistro Boxes and salads, from all company-operated Starbucks locations.

    The program will be accomplished through an …

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  • Food for Sharing offers a way to show you care this Easter

    Tags: Publix, Easter, Donate

    The Publix Food for Sharing drive is on now through March 26 at all Publix Super Markets in Southwest Florida.

    Easter is March 27, and in the weeks leading up to the holiday, Publix offers donation cards for various levels of giving that customers may choose from. This offers an opportunity for them to continue showing they care by helping those who may not know where their next meal is coming from.

    The cards show the different “recipe” of food items each level of giving …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank Nearing End of $5.1 Million Capital Campaign

    Tags: Capital Campaign, donors, Donate

    It’s official!  We are nearly a million dollars past the half-way mark of the “Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope” Capital Campaign!  And what does that mean for all our neighbors in need?  It means that we can move food more efficiently now with our new equipment.  It means that we don’t need to turn away food because we don’t have the room to store it – because we have an expanded freezer. And it means that we can make improvements to the …

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  • Live concert by musician Joe D'Urso Saturday to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank and WhyHunger

    Tags: WhyHunger, Joe D'Urso, Jen Chapin, Saul Wilner, Donate

    Contact: Saul Wilner, 1-800-GRANOLA®

    Cell: 413-687-3673

    Email: granoladad3624@gmail.com

     

    Photo: By David Robinson

    Naples, FL- Joe D'Urso, singer, songwriter and anti-hunger advocate, will perform his brand of good old-fashioned rock and roll at a unique fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 13 at a private home in North Naples.

    Donations for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and WhyHunger will be accepted throughout the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., presented by WhyHunger, Homemade Jams …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank names new president and CEO

    Tags: LeBer, president and CEO

    For Release:  February 3, 2016

    Primary Contact:  Miriam Pereira, development director, (239) 334-7007 x 127

    Cell: (239) 220-7810

    Email: mpereira@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    Secondary Contact: Mary Wozniak, marketing and communications manager, (239) 334-7007 x 150

    Cell: (239) 826-8856

    Email: mwozniak@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    Fort Myers, FL – Richard LeBer has been named the new president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. LeBer will start Feb. 29.& …

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  • Give Where You Live Collier Kicks Off February 29, 2016!

    Tags: Community Foundation of Collier County, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank invites the community to support its efforts to fight and overcome hunger in Southwest Florida by donating to the food bank through Give Where You Live Collier, February 29–March 1, 2016.

    Give Where You Live Collier is a county-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Collier County through online giving. The Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation are partnering to present Give Where You Live Collier …

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  • On this day of caring, consider a gift from your heart to the hungry

    Tags: Valentine's Day

    Each of us knows that Valentine's Day is aboout more than flowers and candy.

    On this special day of caring, please join with us at the Harry Chapin Food Bank by choosing to Take Heart Against Hunger and share your love this year with someone less fortunate.

    With so much noise in the world, sometimes it's easy to lose sight of all the good that fills our lives, thanks to the people who hold a special place in our hearts.

    This Valentine's Day, consider celebrating the love you feel for those …

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  • The Hunger Walk raises $305,000 to feed people in need in Southwest Florida

    Tags: Hunger Walk, Wink News, Lois Thome

    The WINK News Feed Families Hunger Walk 2016 raised $305,000 to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and its partner agencies!

    More than 800 people walked Jan. 16 at Miromar Outlets in Estero to support the food bank’s largest fundraiser of the year. Their support means that the Harry Chapin Food Bank will be able to provide $1.83 million worth of food to children, families, seniors and other individuals who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from. …

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