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  • Summer's Triple Threat: Little Produce, Fewer Jobs, No School

    Summer may be a joyful season for many, but this time of year poses a triple threat for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. During the summer when schools are closed, jobs decline, and produce is scarce, we need the most support.

    Today, 46,470 children in Southwest Florida rely on free or reduced-price school meals for breakfast and lunch. But now that school has ended, these children will lose those regular meals—greatly increasing their risk of going hungry. 

    Families must then replace …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank to hold mobile food pantry in conjunction with the Leadership Collier™ Class of 2019 Hands for Hearts event

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank will hold a mobile food pantry Saturday, June 1, at the Golden Gate Community Center, one of the sites for Hands for Hearts, a free CPR awareness event held on that day by the Leadership Collier Class of 2019.

    Hands for Hearts Collier will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at two Naples locations: the Sugden Community Theatre at701 Fifth Ave. S., and the Golden Gate Community Center at 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. There is no registration, and all ages are welcome. The food …

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  • Red Nose Day is back May 23!

    Red Nose Day is back for its fifth year in America, encouraging everyone to come together to end child poverty, one nose at a time.  www.rednoseday.orgMoney raised supports projects that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, including programs at Feeding America member food banks in all 50 states. Last year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank received a $10,000 grant to help feed hungry children through our mobile pantry program.Americans of all ages can get in on the fun …

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  • Community delivers in Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive

    Our community sent a strong message through the National Letter Carriers Food Drive Saturday that fighting hunger is a high priority. The preliminary total donated in Lee County for the 27th annual drive is 185,479 pounds of food.

    The amount was tallied at the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers Distribution Center Saturday night. The number is preliminary because more food will still come in from other post offices in Lee County.

    The nation's largest single-day food drive, called " …

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  • Volunteers are needed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank and United Way of Lee to help Stamp Out Hunger

    The Letter Carriers' National #StampOutHunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 11, and the Harry Chapin Food Bank invites residents to support the goal of feeding those in need.

    This is the nation's largest single-day food drive when letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes. Last year, 273,649 pounds of food were collected in Southwest Florida.

    Locally, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee …

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  • Give Where You Live Collier Kicks Off February 20

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank invites the community to support us in our mission of leading our community in the fight to end hunger, by donating to the food bank through Give Where You Live Collier, Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2019.

    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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  • February Features Major Food Drives

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank is partnering with Publix Super Markets for Let's Feed Lee food drive. We're asking residents to stop by a Publix Super Market in Lee County from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 23 and donate one or more of the items most needed by our partner agencies. 

    For a map of all Publix Super Markets, visit http://bit.ly/publixstores.

    To volunteer, contact Todd Lewis, Collier County volunteer coordinator, at tlewis@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

    If you have not …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank receives a matching grant for Care & Share: Senior Feeding Campaign

    The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will award up to $300,000 in a matching grant to the Harry Chapin Food Bank when donors give to the food bank’s senior food kit program called Care & Share: Senior Feeding Campaign.

    The Care & Share program supplements the diets of more than 2,300 low-income seniors age 60 and older in Lee, Charlotte and Collier each month with two bags of canned fruits and vegetables, grains, protein and other nonperishable food. When possible, the food …

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  • Meals for Harry

    The 11th annual WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk benefiting the Harry Chapin Food Bank will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Miromar Outlets in Estero. You can help make the Hunger Walk a successful event simply by participating in the “Meals for Harry” program and going out to eat! Several area restaurants are taking donations, making a donation or donating a percentage of your food bill to the food bank for the walk. The Meals for Harry program will continue through …

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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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  • 5 Tips for Planning a Food Drive

    Did you know that approximately 159,530 people in Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Henry, and Lee Counties do not have consistent access to nutritious food? Many citizens of Southwest Florida are plagued with food insecurity, meaning that a huge portion of our community is unable to dependably attain enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle. At Harry Chapin Food Bank, we are committed to leading hunger-relief efforts in Southwest Florida, by maintaining food distribution to more than 150 …

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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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  • New Anti-Hunger Task Force formed in Charlotte County by the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank has formed a new collaboration aimed at fighting hunger in Charlotte County, including some of its partner agencies, other nonprofit organizations, government and law enforcement agencies, and clients.

    The group formed about three months ago to ramp up the fight against food insecurity in the county, said Carolyn Jones, partner relations and compliance manager for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

    About 24,050 people are food insecure in Charlotte County, which means they …

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  • Community delivers in Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive

    The power of people coming together for a common cause – helping those who are hungry - was evident Saturday, as our community donated a preliminary 210,250 pounds of food to the 26th annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive.

    The amount was tallied at the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers Distribution Center Saturday night. The number is preliminary because more food will still come in from other post offices in Lee County.

    The nation's largest single-day food drive, called " …

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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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  • 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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  • 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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