Impossible Choices

Impossible Choices 1000 521 Harry Chapin Food Bank

In the face of adversity, it’s amazing how resilience can shine through.

Fill the prescription or pay the rent? These are impossible choices many of our Southwest Florida neighbors face every day. For hardworking people struggling to provide for their families, food is often the last priority.

But there’s a glimmer of hope—and that hope is you! Because of you, your neighbors don’t have to skip a meal or forgo life-saving medication. And we thank you for your partnership. Like you, Harry Chapin Food Bank, a catalyst for joy and relief in the community, is committed to the fight to end hunger.

Last year, your generosity and our network of community partners enabled us to provide healthy food for nearly 300,000 individuals each month. Your impact extends far and wide, reaching children, seniors, veterans, and families across our five-county service area, including Cape Coral, the largest city in Southwest Florida.

The sight of cars lining up for Harry Chapin Food Bank’s weekly mobile food distributions at Ocean Church, a new partner, each Friday is a poignant reminder of the difference we make together. People like Erica, battling cancer, are empowered— finding solace and strength in the nourishment they receive. For William, who is living on his own with a fixed income, your support means the world, helping him navigate the challenges of rising expenses.

Their stories underscore the profound impact of your generosity. Through your support, you are not just providing food; you are offering hope, dignity, and resilience to those facing hardships. To make a gift, click here.

With your generosity, we can turn uncertainty into optimism. Your support will help provide the lifeline that so many are seeking. Just imagine your impact: for every $10, you can provide 20 healthy meals. So please consider making a gift today.

Local families have faced one challenge after another in recent years—high food prices as well as rent, utility, and healthcare increases—and Hurricane Ian has only compounded the housing crisis. For families living paycheck to paycheck, a disruption to work, school, or health can make all the difference between stability and hunger.

Our neighbors living in rural areas face the added challenge of physically acquiring food. Nearly 70% of our five-county footprint is classified as a food desert— geographic areas where people have few to no convenient options for securing affordable and healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. These deserts create extra, everyday hurdles that can make it harder for kids, families, and communities to grow healthy and strong.

Despite the daunting statistics and challenges we face, your support enables us to tackle hunger head-on. Together, we’re breaking down barriers and creating pathways to hope for our neighbors in need.

But the need continues to grow, and that’s why your partnership remains crucial. Together, let’s reach even more neighbors like Erica and William. Let’s ensure that no one in our community has to face hunger alone.

Your commitment to ending hunger is a beacon of hope. With your continued support, we will forge ahead, bringing about positive change one meal at a time. Thank you for turning hunger into health in Southwest Florida. Your compassion fuels our optimism, and your generosity ignites the triumph of community solidarity.

Choosing between paying bills and buying food is a daunting decision that no one should have to make. Give a gift today and help nourish our neighbors in need!