Feeding Families

Feeding families is the core of our mission and represents most of our total food distribution throughout our five-county footprint. Our strategic approach involves navigating the fact that sixty percent of our five-county footprint is a food desert. Our strategies incorporate food safety protocols, innovative food procurement methods and an enormous amount of passion that no one should have to go hungry. 

Fulfill Mobile Pantry Program

Our Fulfill Mobile Pantry Program directly serves our neighbors who are hungry where people with limited financial resources and transportation may not be able to access food through traditional grocery stores.

Through our Fulfill Mobile Pantries, a truckload of food is transported and distributed in areas of high need to supplement our other hunger-relief programs in our five-county footprint.

Two distribution methods are utilized: a farmer’s market-style distribution where those who are food-insecure can choose to take what they need or a drive-thru distribution model, where families receive a pre-packaged food kit filled with shelf-stable foods that is supplemented with fresh produce and frozen protein when it is available.

Our mobile pantries distribute fresh produce, canned and dry goods, frozen meat, bread, grains, and other food items. 

For more information on the Fulfill Mobile Pantries program, call 239.334-7007 or email fulfill@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

Partner Agency Program

Our Agency Partner Program, a multi-faceted food distribution program, helps feed children, families, seniors and our neighbors who are hungry in Southwest Florida. Our agency partners, strategically located in areas of high need throughout our five-county footprint, help identify and serve our neighbors where they live.

Our vetted agency partners include social service agencies, faith-based congregations, nonprofits, and community organizations. As trusted extensions of our mission, we provide our agency partners with more than 70% of their food inventory.

Various food procurement strategies allow us to provide our agency partners with our shelf-stable fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains and milk as well as fresh produce and other perishable foods.

For more information on the Partner Agency Program, call 239.334.7007 or email agencyrelations@harrychapinfoodbank.org

“Fresh Force” Mobile Grocery Experience

Our “Fresh Force” Mobile Grocery Experience directly serves those who are food insecure in areas of high need. The mobile market is a one-aisle grocery store, designed to provide healthy, fresh food through a dignified “shopping” experience for families and individuals in need.

Our mobile market consists of several different items such as fresh produce, canned and dry goods, frozen meat, bread, grains, dairy, and other food items. Through our “Fresh Force” Mobile Grocery Experience, Harry Chapin Food Bank transports healthy foods to our neighbors at no cost who live in designated “food deserts” and low-income areas. We are able to eliminate transportation as a barrier to accessing food by bringing the mobile market directly to families who are hungry.