Drop off food in Fort Myers: 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL 33901 - M-F 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Drop off food in Naples: 3940 Prospect Ave. #101, Naples, FL 34104 - M-F 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
A food and fund drive is an excellent opportunity for practically any segment of the Southwest Florida community to become direct partners with the Harry Chapin Food Bank in our fight to end hunger. A food and fund drive can be conducted by churches, neighborhoods, businesses, unions, service clubs, schools, military units, scouts, sports teams, or any group of dedicated people who realize it takes local initiative to solve a local problem.
Food and fund drives are critical to the Food Bank’s ongoing mission of collecting and redistributing millions of pounds of food to poor and hungry individuals and families in Southwest Florida. Cash donations are equally important and are used to operate the Food Bank’s warehouse, to pay for utilities to operate our large freezer and cooler, and to cover fuel and maintenance on our refrigerated trucks. The food and monetary donations you raise during your drive will be quickly reinvested into many Food Bank programs. Remember that for every $1 donated, the Food Bank can distribute $8 in food value.
You can begin by promoting your food and fund drive now. Share information throughout your community to raise involvement early in the process. You can also promote your food and fund drive in community and church bulletins, through local media, at neighborhood grocery stores, and lots of other places.
No matter what your approach, it helps to have a specific goal for your food and fund drive. This gives participants something to work toward and a benchmark for success.
Your food and fund drive can be more fun and successful if you decide upon some creative approaches together. Use cans as entry into a sporting event in lieu of tickets or hold a CAN-struction sculpture contest among teams or groups of people.
Collect donated food and grocery items at a central location throughout your drive. This will make it easier to load your food at the completion of your food and fund drive. Assign one or two individuals to be responsible for financial contributions to the Food Bank.
Participating in a food and fund drive is an excellent opportunity to educate your neighbors, friends, and family about the meaning of community sharing, hunger and nutrition, economics, and volunteerism.
At the completion of your successful food and fund drive, contact the Harry Chapin Food Banks to schedule a drop-off of your donated items. If your event gathers large amounts of food, arrangements may be made for a Food Bank pick-up.