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.
“We are absolutely delighted with the generosity displayed by our community once again for the WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk,” said Anne Rose of Lee Memorial Health System, who co-chaired the event along with Dr. Michael Weiss of Gastroenterology Associates of SW Florida. “This amount of money will help so many people in need, and it is an honor for us to be part of such a wonderful event,” Rose said.
Main sponsors of the event were Garden St. Iron & Metal Inc.; Fuccillo Kia; and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, along with a host of other supporting sponsors.
“People on the Walk ranged in age from infants to 98 years old, the same age range that receives the food that this wonderful event will provide,” noted Toby Ives, food bank interim president and CEO. “Thank you for your support of this event.”
Awards presented at the walk, based on amount of funds raised, were:
• Outstanding Agency: South Fort Myers Food Pantry
• Outstanding Individual: Bill and Nancy Michals
• Outstanding Business: Miromar Outlets, Estero
Outstanding Community Supporters:
• Copperleaf Cares Foundation
• Ladies Who Walk
• Firefighting Irish
About the Harry Chapin Food Bank
The Harry Chapin Food Bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items for each donated dollar. In fiscal year 2014-2015, the Harry Chapin Food Bank provided 18.4 million pounds of food, valued at about $31.3 million, to more than 150 partner agencies across five counties in Southwest Florida. This was the equivalent of about 15.3 million meals.
The food bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks and the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. The Harry Chapin Food Bank has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the national nonprofit watchdog organization, for six consecutive years.