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  • What inspired you to help a neighbor in need?

    Every donor has a story.  Whether you grew up in a family that gave their money or time to help a cause, survived personal hardship and now have the ability to help, have read or watched a story of a person in need, or know someone struggling with daily challenges, we all have reasons why we help nonprofit organizations.

    Connie Charney, founder of Food for Thought Cards, created a company that donates the cash equivalent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to feed the hungry with …

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  • Uniting to End Hunger - It Starts with Us

    2015 Hunger Summit, by Carolyn Jones, Partner Relations Manager

    Continuing and strengthening its efforts to end hunger in the region, the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida will unite with partner agencies and hunger pioneers during its 2015 Hunger Summit.The “Uniting to End Hunger” summit offers organizations in Southwest Florida a forum to learn from experts from a variety of fields including fundraising, community health and nutrition, and advocacy, as well as share …

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  • You've Got Mail -- and Say Goodbye Hunger

    Tags: Lee County, Volunteer

    Did you know the Saturday before Mother's Day is also the largest one-day food drive in the nation?

    Are you ready to Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 9th? Letter carriers across Southwest Florida are gearing up for the 23rd annual National Letter Carriers' food drive, Stamp Out Hunger.  This is the one day when letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes, in addition to their mail delivery duties. Last year residents donated over 237,000 pounds of food …

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  • Walmart's #WeSparkChange - Now through May 3

    Where: At all Walmart stores in Southwest Florida

    Starting Day: Monday, April 6th

    Last Day: Sunday, May 3rd

    Description: Three ways to help Harry Chapin 1. PURCHASE [1 product = 1 meal] specially marked FHSC products at any Walmart and one meal will donated to us thanks to Feeding America​ (FA)

    2. DONATE at the register [$1 = 3 meals] All #SouthwestFlorida Walmart registers will accept donations that will go directly to HCFB.

    3. SOCIAL [1 post = $10 donation] 1 in 6 Americans face …

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  • HUNGER IS NO JOKE: 10 HCFB Facts

    The food bank distributes about 70,000 pounds of food each weekday; but how is that done? Who has a hand in it?The truth is everyone has a part in our hunger-relief efforts in Southwest Florida.

    Fact 1 - Volunteers are the heart of our mission. Every day in our warehouses you’ll find numerous volunteers who take the time to join our cause.  They saved over $1,187,000 for the food bank --allowing us feed more of our neighbors in need.Fact 2 - 15,583,333 meals were distributed to …

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  • Food Banking on a Global Scale

    By Al Brislain, President and CEO

    This week I had the honor of attending the Global FoodBanking Network Conference in Houston Texas. There were representatives from 38 countries and all continents, except Antarctica. The representatives varied from food banks that are still in the planning stages to national networks of dozens of food banks.  The conference was very collaborative exchanging ideas, sharing successes and learning from each other. It was a pleasure to hear food bankers from …

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  • Press Release: Harry Chapin Food Bank Reaches Gold Level

     The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida Earns the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

    Fort Myers, FL -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s deep commitment to nonprofit …

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  • It takes a village…… to write a grant!

    Tags: Volunteer

    How can you help?

    Everybody asks me, where do you find grants? First, the mind of a grant writer is never at rest. Every day, every minute is an opportunity to look for a grant opportunity. Stop for gas at 7/11…. Get back to the desk, research if 7/11 has a charitable foundation and are we eligible. See a commercial on TV, check on to see if they have a foundation and what causes are supported.

     

    (When Walmart employees volunteer at the food bank, they provide both critical …

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  • Press Release: Lee Citizens Encouraged to Prepare for Annual Letter Carrier Food Drive on May 9

    Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130E-Mail:   joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.orgCell Phone #: 239-839-4143

                              LEE CITIZENS ENCOURAGED TO PREPARE FOR ANNUAL LETTER CARRIER FOOD DRIVE ON MAY 9

    Fort Myers, FL  -- Letter carriers in Lee  County are gearing up for the 23rd annual national letter carrier food drive.  The nation’s largest single-day food drive, & …

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  • Here's the answer to one of your most-asked questions....

    When I answer the phones, one of the most common questions is: “What type of food is most needed?”

       So I went around and surveyed several employees who work in different departments of the food bank.  Instead of getting a grocery list, I got some excellent general guidelines of how you can look at food when you’re cleaning your pantry or shopping at the grocery store.

    #1:  Instead of thinking of specific items, think of the people our partner agencies …

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  • Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive - May 9th

    Where: At your mailbox

    Collection Day: Saturday, May 9th

    Description: Stamp Out Hunger, hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive (NALC), is the largest one-day food drive in America. Last year HCFB received 237,407 pounds of food from Stamp Out Hunger!

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  • Agency Spotlight: Jesus Love You Ministries... supplying more than just food

    Tags: Charlotte County, Partner Agency

    “We are homeless though we are not hopeless”

    This is a testimony shared by one of our partner agency’s clients.  Located in Port Charlotte, Jesus Loves You Ministry feeds hope as well as hungry bellies.  The Ministry has a mobile outreach pantry that serves homeless individuals living in the woods, in their cars or under bridges.  Their clients are from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds.  In addition to offering hot meals and groceries, they provide …

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  • Capital Campaign: A letter from co-chairs Jo Anna Bradshaw and David Fry

    From co-chairs Jo Anna Bradshaw and David Fry:What an honor and privilege it is to serve as co-chairs of the Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Capital Campaign. We are pleased to announce, through the generosity of our donors, we have raised over $2.7 million and are well on our way to our goal of $5.1 million.The people of Southwest Florida are no strangers to giving and have kind and caring hearts. Our early donors are true heroes of the “silent phase” of the campaign. …

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  • What Will Your Legacy Be?

    Let us help you design your legacy!

    Imagine how much good could be accomplished if each of us remembered the Harry Chapin Food Bank in our estate plans. A common misconception with legacy giving is that it is only for the “wealthy.” The reality is, even people of modest means can make a difference through planned giving.

    Planned giving gifts help the food bank secure and distribute food and groceries to those in need, raise public awareness and promote viable solutions to food …

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  • Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo's FEED THE LOVE pet food drive - Now through May 5th

    Where: All Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo locations in Southwest Florida

    When: Now through May 5thDescription: Buy a $5 PAWS Feed the Love bag at your neighborhood Winn-Dixie to be donated to Harry Chapin; because sometimes pets go hungry too. Thank you!

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  • Portion of WAWA hoagie sales to benefit HCFB - April 23 through April 30

    Where: All 3 Southwest Florida Wawa locations (list below)

    When: Starting opening day, Thursday, April 23 for the first opening week (4/23 - 4/30)

    Description: Wawa will donate a portion of all hoagie sales (up to $5,000 per store) to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, with a goal to raise and donate $15,000 in one week's time to help fight hunger in SWFL. In July 2015, the HCFB was grateful to receive a $5,000 donation - click to read press release.

    Location 1: 2370 Colonial Blvd., …

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  • 4 fun special events you may want to help at this spring

    Tags: Lee County, Volunteer

     

    Did you know in 2014, more than 3,000 volunteers donated over 52,650 volunteer hours for the food bank? According to the independent sector, the current national average value of a volunteer hour is $22.55. Making the value of Harry Chapin Food Banks volunteer’s donation worth more than 1.18 million dollars! We are so grateful.

    Volunteers are needed for these upcoming special events. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tanya Phillips, volunteer manager, at …

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  • Press Release: Give Where You Live 30 Kicks Off on March 3, 2015

    Tags: Collier County

    Miriam Pereira, Development Directormpereira@harrychapinfoodbank.org239-334-7007 x 127FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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    Support the work of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Give Where You Live 30 Kicks Off on March 3, 2015

    Naples, FL – (February 12, 2015) – The Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) invites the community to support its efforts to help feed our neighbors in need by donating to the food bank during Give Where You Live 30 …

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  • Press Release: Capital Campaign

    Tags: Capital Campaign

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank

    3760 Fowler Street

    Fort Myers, FL 33901

     

    For Release:  Feb. 5, 2015

    Contact:  Meg Madzar, (239) 334-7007, ext. 120

    megmadzar@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

    Harry Chapin Food Bank announces $5.1 million capital campaign

    For immediate release -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida has raised $2.7 million, more than half of its $5.1 million capital campaign goal. The food bank announced the public phase of the campaign during a celebration …

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