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Celebrating 35 Years and Beyond

When the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida opened its doors as the Lee County Food Cooperative in 1983, who could have imagined that 35 years later the food bank would distribute 22,300,000 pounds of food in a single year?

The food bank's reach has grown from a handful of partner agencies to more than 150 today. Through food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and disaster relief agencies, the food bank keeps hunger at bay for nearly 160,000 individuals (50,000 of them children) each year. They may be laid off, underemployed, dealing with illness, trying to recover lost wages or facing damages to home and property.

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By the Numbers

What we accomplished fiscal year 16-17 (July, 1 2016 - June 30, 2017)

Serving Southwest Florida by providing food through pantries, soup kitchens and other sources. Every $1 given turns into $8 worth of food. 97 cents of every $1 go directly to food.

Latest News

  • Volunteer food sorters and drivers needed to help Stamp Out Hunger May 12

    The Letter Carriers’ National #StampOutHunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 12, and the Harry Chapin Food Bank invites residents to support the goal of feeding those in need.

    Letter carriers in Lee County are gearing up to take part in the 26th annual drive, the nation’s largest single-day food drive. This is the one day when letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes. Last year, 300,305 pounds of food were collected.

    This is also the largest single- …

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Fighting Hunger

  • 35 Years of Feeding SW Florida, As the Need Continues to Grow

    When the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida opened its doors as the Lee County Food Cooperative in 1983, who could have imagined that 35 years later the food bank would distribute 22,300,000 pounds of food in a single year?

    The food bank's reach has grown from a handful of partner agencies to more than 150 today. Through food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and disaster relief agencies, the food bank keeps hunger at bay for nearly 160,000 individuals (50,000 of them …

    More Information...

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