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  • SAVE THE DATE

    Looking ahead...

    September 2015 is Hunger Action Month! Go orange, by dressing and lighting up in orange, the color of hunger awareness. #hamFL #HungerFreeFL

    September 1, 2015 (Tuesday) at noon through September 2, 2015 (Wednesday) at noon - The Giving Partner's 2015 Giving Challenge

    September 13, 2015 (Sunday) - "Stuff the Bus," with a donation at select Collier County Publix store locations to help our neighbors in need. Contribute to Collier Area Transit's effort in this one-day food …

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  • 5 Things You Might Not Know About the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    5 Things You Might Not Know about the Harry Chapin Food Bank1. Minimal waste: Less than 1% all food Harry Chapin receives goes to farmers and other animal caretakers because it is unfit for human consumption.HCFB strives to rescue food that would otherwise go to waste. When our retail rescue program began in 2008, we were able to distribute 745,925 pounds of food donated by area retailers. Last year, we distributed 7.5 million pounds of food generously donated by area retailers. Some partner …

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  • Press Release: HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK THANKS COMMUNITY FOR FOOD DONATIONS

    Tags: Lee County

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank3760 Fowler StreetFort Myers, FL  33901 

    For Release:Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130May 14, 2015Cell:  239-839-4143joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK THANKS COMMUNITY FOR FOOD DONATIONS

    Lee County residents donated 401,478 pounds of food during the 23rd annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 9. The “Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest one-day food drive for the food bank. As a lead …

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  • Thank You AmeriCorps members!

    Our AmeriCorps members and I have been quite busy this spring at the food bank and in the community!  Here are some highlights of what we’ve been up to:

    One ongoing project is the Food Literacy in Preschool program (FLIP).  Working with Community Cooperative and the Collier County Head Start, members visit classrooms and daycare centers where they present a lesson about a fruit or vegetable.   The children learn how the food grows and why it is good for you, listen …

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  • Press Release: The Harry Chapin Food Bank launches low-income senior food package program in Lee County

    Harry Chapin Food Bank3760 Fowler StreetFort Myers, Fl. 33901

    Contact: Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007 Ext. 130Cell: 239-839-4143For Immediate Releasejoycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank launches low-income senior food package program in Lee County

    Fort Myers, FL – The Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) of Southwest Florida is launching a program to distribute boxes of food to low-income Lee County residents ages 60 and older. The food bank’s goal is to improve the …

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  • Press Release: Bank of America customers donations help raise $89,080 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    Harry Chapin Food Bank3760 Fowler StreetFort Myers, Fl. 33901May 6, 2015 

    For Immediate ReleaseContact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130Cell:  239-839-4143joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    Harry Chapin Food Bank receives $89,080 in gifts from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and Bank of America customers through the Give A Meal Program to Fight Hunger in Southwest Florida

    WHAT: The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a total of $89,080 to the …

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  • Happy Belated Birthday Ulysses S. Grant!

    193 years ago on April 27, 1822 Ulysses S. Grant was born.That brings us to the infamous question - Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?Well, personally, I don’t care, but as the Grant Manager, the word Grant is near and dear to my heart! In celebration of Grant's Birthday, let’s look at what’s hot and what’s not in the world of grants.

    One “hot” grant funded program is the Mobile Food Pantry program. For anyone who has volunteered at a mobile food pantry, …

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  • Press Release: FEEDING AMERICA PRESENTS AL BRISLAIN OF THE HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK WITH JOHN VAN HENGEL FELLOWSHIP AWARD

    Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130Cell: 239-839-4143joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    FEEDING AMERICA PRESENTS AL BRISLAIN OF THE HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK WITH JOHN VAN HENGEL FELLOWSHIP AWARDCHICAGO, April 24, 2015 - Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, announced today the selection of Al Brislain, CEO and president of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, as the recipient of the 2015 John van Hengel Fellowship. The annual award honors the …

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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 Thoughts 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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  • Press Release: The League Club Awards the Harry Chapin Food Bank $10,000 for Mobile Pantries

    April 16, 2015 For Immediate Release

    Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130Cell:  239-839-4143joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.orgThe League Club Awards the Harry Chapin Food Bank $10,000 for Mobile PantriesNaples, FL. – The League Club’s Community Trust Fund/Grants program has awarded the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (HCFB) a $10,000 grant to help feed children, families and others in need through mobile pantries.HCFB was one of 30 nonprofit …

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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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  • 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 …

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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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  • 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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