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  • We are bowled over by your support!

    Tags: Empty Bowls, Donate

    HCFB Empty Bowls soup lady

    Empty Bowls Naples 2016 has raised $95,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank, blowing away last year's record total of $66,000!

    The handmade bowls have gone home with the members of the community who chose them, the big soup pots are clean and shiny once more, and it’s all over but for the celebrating.

    We are deeply grateful to the community, volunteers, and sponsors who made this happen.

     Joyce Jacobs, lead staff member from the Harry Chapin Food Bank for the event, said about 2,000 …

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  • Tamiami Ford/Tamiami Hyundai Steps up as Presenting Sponsor for Empty Bowls Naples

    Tags: Empty Bowls Naples, Donate

    HCFB EmptyBowlsTamiami sponsors

    Fort Myers, FL -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank is pleased to announce that Tamiami Ford and Tamiami Hyundai of Naples are the presenting sponsors for the 10th annual Empty Bowls Naples. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Cambier Park in downtown Naples, to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

     For a suggested $15 donation, guests may choose and keep a hand-made pottery bowl to serve as a reminder of all the “empty bowls& …

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  • Taking Some Giant Steps to Fight Hunger

    Tags: Hunger Walk, Wink News, Lois Thome

    It was a wonderful day in the neighborhood for the WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk, and you made it happen! Thanks to the community's support, we raised more than $290,000 to fight hunger in Southwest Florida.

    "You are part of the solution," Lois Thome, WINK News anchor, told the crowd. "All the money stays right here." Of every dollar donated, 97 cents goes to food bank programs, she added.

    They came by ones and twos and teams, groups of schoolchildren carrying banners, kids (and some …

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  • Rise and Shine! No Showers Today to Rain on Our Hunger Walk Parade

    Tags: Hunger Walk, Wink News

    The volunteers are here, WINK News is here broadcasting live, the tables are set and registration open for the eighth annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk. It's a great day, sunny and clear, and we welcome you to come out and have fun with your friends, family and pets for a good cause: Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope in Southwest Florida. Our goal today is $330,000. We've raised $277,000 so far, so we're just over $50,000 short. We hope to make up the gap today with the support of our …

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  • It's Almost Time To Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk

    Tags: Donate, Hunger Walk

    HCFB Hunger Walk sign1

    We’re just one day away from the WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk to benefit Harry Chapin Food Bank! Tomorrow we’re going to walk the walk as well as talk the talk about Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope in Southwest Florida. 

    There’s still time to register online here. The walk is at 9:30 a.m. at Miromar Outlets in Estero. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your pets. We'll give your pet a Hunger Walk bandanna to wear. We’ …

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  • The Recipe to Fight Hunger, Feed Hope in 2016

    Tags: Donate, Donation

    HCFB Toby recipe blog

    By Toby Ives

    Interim President and CEO

    It works! Discover, beg, or borrow a great recipe; gather a wide variety of high quality ingredients; put them together in a well-appointed kitchen; cook or cool in ovens and coolers; and then present a fine meal, a gastronomic delight!

    At the Harry Chapin Food Bank the recipe is our mission statement. We have gathered high quality ingredients including staff, partner agencies, volunteers, donors of food and funds, in-kind gifts, and the support of many …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank Receives a Gold Star from GuideStar

    Tags: GuideStar

    HCFB guidestar logo

    The GuideStar Exchange has awarded The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida a Gold Star, its highest rating, for the second year in a row. 

    The food bank earned the accolade because of its superior transparency, financial accountability, and impact.

    “This is a testament to your organization’s commitment to data transparency,” GuideStar officials wrote to the food bank in announcing the award. The gold level is provided through GuideStar USA, Inc., a …

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  • The New Year is young, and so are these generous donors

    Tags: Donation

    HCFB donation from Joy

    Every little bit helps at the Harry Chapin Food Bank when it comes to providing food for those in need.

    These donations are particularly meaningful when they come from children who give up getting gifts at Christmas or for their birthdays in order to give back to others. We introduce you to three young donors who have learned early that the satisfaction received from helping others who have less than they do is a gift in itself.

    She brings joy

    Joy Youngblood, age 5, may be one of the …

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  • Please consider a year-end, tax-deductible gift to Harry Chapin Food Bank

    Tags: Donation, Bank of America, feeding america, tax deductible

    As 2015 comes to an end, your year-end gift will make a difference in our mission to fight hunger in the New Year. We invite you to consider making a donation on this last day of 2015. As the holidays become a memory, the need remains present among the 30,000 people we help provide food for each month in Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee Counties.

    Of the clients we serve, about 50 percent are women and children. Others include the working poor; those who are disabled or facing life …

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  • Mobile pantry program brings food to those without transportation and areas without neighborhood grocery stores

    Tags: Mobile Pantry, NCEF

    By: Louise Bain

    Programs Outreach Coordinator

    Can you imagine living in Southwest Florida and not having a grocery store in your town?  Or having to ride the bus for 45 minutes to get to Publix or Walmart to shop for your family’s meals on an already limited budget?  

    This is the reality for many people living in paradise.  How does the Harry Chapin Food Bank help provide food to our neighbors in need who have limited access to food or transportation? Our mobile pantry …

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  • Fuccillo Kia Holiday Challenge is a Match Made in Heaven

    Tags: Donation

    We're basking in a holiday afterglow of gratitude in the wake of the special delivery of a $100,000 check from Fuccillo Kia just before Christmas.

    The Fuccillo Kia Holiday Challenge has helped the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida raise more than $559,000 since Thanksgiving, plus a $100,000 donation from Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral. The donation was presented to the food bank on Christmas Eve.  

    Billy Fuccillo, CEO of the Fuccillo Automotive Group, promised to match every …

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  • Walmart Helps Spruce Up Food Bank's Fort Myers Warehouse

    Tags: Donation

    Walmart swept into the Harry Chapin Food Bank with a group of workers recently to provide more than $5,000 worth of improvements to spruce up our Fort Myers warehouse.  The food bank appreciates their donations of goods, time and energy to help the food bank run more efficiently in its fight against hunger in Southwest Florida.

    Walmart’s efforts included upgrading a food pantry in the warehouse, expanding the holding capacity to 126 feet. 

    In a whirlwind of activity, …

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  • Food Bank is in Experienced Hands While Search for New CEO Goes On

    Tags: Toby Ives

    Thanks to the Naples Daily News for this great story on Toby Ives, our interim CEO.

    By Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster of the Naples Daily News

    Toby Ives doesn't stay in one place for very long.

    In the past 10 years, he's been the executive director of five food banks. His average tenure? Four months.

    Since retiring in 2004, the 73-year-old has turned his nearly three decades of experience in the industry into a job as the fill-in of choice when food banks lose their chief executives. He served as …

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  • Volunteer to Give Back During the Holidays

    Tags: Volunteer

    HCFB Mobile Pantry Volunteer

    By Tanya Phillips

    Volunteer Manager

    During the holiday season, we are reminded of how fortunate we are. Many feel the need to give back.

    Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida distributes food to more than 150 agencies that serve families and individuals directly. The food is distributed to these agencies before the holidays. The food bank will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

    One way you can give back is by volunteering your time. Here is the availability of …

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  • Feed Public Radio...Feed a Family helps WGCU and the food bank

    Tags: WGCU, Donate

    Guest Blog

    Our thanks to Barbara Steinhoff, communications director for WGCU Public Radio and a WGCU member, who gives us a Q&A on the "what, when, where and why" of the Feed Public Radio...Feed A Family membership drive.

    What exactly is Feed Public Radio…Feed A Family? 

    Fans of public radio know that our largest source of funding is listeners. The listeners who become members pay for the news, information and entertainment programs such as Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm …

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  • Here's How To Become A Partner Agency

    Tags: Partner Agencies, Volunteer

    HCFB partner agency two kids

    Harry Chapin Food Bank partners with more than 150 partner agencies within five counties throughout Southwest Florida to serve about 30,000 people per month. To help end the war on hunger, Harry Chapin Food Bank is looking to partner with nonprofit agencies that want to join us in this battle.  In order to be considered for partnership, there are key eligibility requirements that must be met:

    Nonprofit agencies

    Your charity is considered 501c3 as specified by the IRS, or affiliated …

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  • Ritz-Carlton employees pack 40,000 meals

    Tags: Collier County, Volunteer

    HCFB ritzkid

    The lights were bright on the 20-foot-tall Christmas tree in the lobby of the Ritz- Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, but not as bright as the smiles on the faces of about 75 Ritz Carlton staff members who gave up part of their weekend to give back to those in need.

    The group volunteered Saturday morning  at the Ritz-Carlton Naples Family Holiday meal packing event. They packed 40,000 meals – yes, 40,000 – for people served by the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. …

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  • Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation awards $200,000 grant to the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    Tags: Capital Campaign, Donate

    Contact:  Kelli King, (239) 334-7007, ext. 202

    kelliking@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. A portion of this grant will be for the food bank’s capital campaign for improvements to the food bank’s warehouse, and the remainder to acquire and distribute food. This contribution brings the campaign to $3.5 million. 

    “Appreciative of the great work and positive impact that the …

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  • Harry's #GivingTuesday: Things to Know

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    The frenzy of the holidays is just around the corner. How do you plan on giving back this season? Give the gift of a meal during the holidays to a SWFL family struggling with hunger on Dec. 1, 2015 for Giving Tuesday!

    What is #GivingTuesday?

    Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, is a day of giving back!

    After Thanksgiving we have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. The excitement continues with Giving Tuesday, which began in 2012 as a global day dedicated to giving …

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  • The Grand Turkey Total Is (Drum Roll Please)

    Tags: Donate, Thanksgiving 2015

    Our Thanksgiving turkey drive ended Friday with a total of about 1,400 birds donated by the public. Thanks to all who brought in their last-minute fowl so those in need can have a Happy Thanksgiving to share with their families. We had 911 turkeys as of Thursday night, so about 500 more came in on Friday!

    We thank the public for their generosity. People stopped by our office carrying one turkey or two turkeys, and there was the couple who unloaded 10 turkeys from the trunk of their car. Every …

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