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 bank will also provide bread, produce, and frozen meat to clients. Seniors enrolled in Care & Share face the difficult choice of paying for rent, utilities, and medication, or buying food. A gift of $500 can help feed a senior for a year.
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will match donations designated to this program, dollar for dollar, up to $300,000.
“The Care & Share program is an essential aid to many of our highest-need seniors, and the private funding it receives is a unique model nationally,” said Richard LeBer, president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. “We are very grateful to the Schulze Foundation for their leadership support of this program and the impact it has in our community.”
About the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, to give back to the communities where Dick and his family grew up -- in Minnesota, where he built Best Buy to become the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer and in Florida, where he now maintains a permanent residence. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation creates grant partnerships with organizations that generate transformational results in human and social services, education, and health and medicine.