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  • Make Your Hunger Walk List and Check it Twice

    The WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk on January 17th is the single largest fundraising event for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The 2015 #WinkHungerWalk is presented by Garden Street Iron & Metal, Inc., the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral along with many other local sponsors. A complete list can be seen here. The two-mile Walk is a non-competitive, family and pet friendly event at the Miromar Outlets in Estero.

    It’s time to get ready to walk! Here& …

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  • Scenes at Harry Chapin

    David holds bags of fresh produce to share with his family. Click image or here to view our planned giving material, "Create a Legacy of Hope."Mayrani, age 8, waits patiently with her mother and brother to receive food at Salvation Army of Lee, Hendry and Glades, one of HCFB's partner agencies. To view our resources available to our partner agencies, click here.The Naples Junior Chamber of Commerce, Naples Jaycees, package beans for HCFB at our Naples warehouse. To volunteer in Naples submit …

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  • You’re Invited: New Volunteer Opportunities in Naples!

    Are you looking for a fun volunteer activity in Naples? The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is in need of volunteers at our Naples warehouse.

    Our Naples warehouse is located at 2221 Corporation Blvd., Naples, FL 34109. Sign up today and get a friend to sign up!

    In the fall of 2012, the Harry Chapin Food Bank expanded to Naples with the opening of our new warehouse and office space. Starting in October 2014 – thanks to the addition of our AmeriCorps team members – …

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  • Naples Children & Education Foundation donates turkeys for Thanksgiving

    For release:

    Contact Joyce Jacobs

    Associate Director

    Harry Chapin Food Bank of SWFL

    239-334-7007 x 127

    239-839-4143

    The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, has donated approximately $10,000 to purchase about 600 turkeys for children and their families in need in Collier County. NCEF’s gift comes on the heels of a $2,300 gift for holiday turkeys raised by the Friends of the Foundation during an auction at The Escalante hotel …

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  • 7 Ways to Prep for a Harry Chapin #GivingTuesday

    CLICK BUTTON BELOW TO DONATE TODAY, #GivingTuesday - Thank you!

            

    ‘Tis the Season… For Giving! As we gather with family and friends in holiday celebrations over the coming weeks, it’s the perfect time to remember our neighbors in need who struggle to put food on the table during this season – and throughout the rest of the year.

    Following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday arrives this …

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  • Introducing AmeriCorps at the Harry Chapin Food Bank!

    Tags: Americorps, Mobile Pantry

    by Louise Bain, Programs Outreach Coordinator/AmeriCorps Program Manager and Mary Castro, Southwest Florida Food Corps AmeriCorps team

    AmeriCorps Serving Here banners can be spotted at mobile pantries and at the food bank’s warehouses in Lee and Collier Counties.  You may be asking yourself, “Who or what is AmeriCorps and how did it end up at Harry Chapin Food Bank?”

    Established in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, AmeriCorps works to recruit members to serve …

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  • Bank of America Partners with HCFB

    Bank of America Volunteers Help Harry Chapin Food Bank Provide Meals to Families in NeedLocal Event part of annual Give A Meal program, which matches $2 for each donated $1 through the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

    WHAT: To help fight hunger in our community, Bank of America associates will volunteer by packing food at the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 5. This event coincides with the annual Give A Meal program in which Bank of America and …

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  • Food Bank Happenings

    Food Bank Happenings

    By: Sam KellySocial Media and Online Services Coordinator Just around the corner is Halloween and then it’s turkey time! We’re excited to be a part of some events that have chosen us as a beneficiary. We are in need of volunteers to help us out. Volunteers are needed this Sunday for the Fort Myers Rotary Club’s Italian Fest and on November 8th at the Inaugural Bacon Fest.New from the food bank is our monthly eNews! Starting in the beginning of November …

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  • Bringing a Building to Life

    Have you ever passed a commercial warehouse and thought, “Wow, that’s a beautiful building. It really brightens the neighborhood and makes me smile!”?

    OK, probably not, or at least, not too often. For those of you who have visited the Harry Chapin Food Bank, and some of you come often as volunteers, you’ll probably agree that the above sentiment isn’t exactly what you think when you drive up. The warehouse is well-kept and, well, it’s just… very& …

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  • Scare Hunger Away with HCFB

    By Sam KellySocial Media & Online Services Coordinator

    Hunger is scary! Here’s what HCFB is doing to scare it back!On October 5, 2014 the Harry Chapin Food Bank won a $60,000 Walmart Fight Hunger Spark Change grant thanks to an enormous effort from SWFL hunger-fighters wanting to help those facing hunger in the 239. Voting was open for three weeks, starting September 15th during Hunger Action Month and ended at midnight this past Sunday, October 5th.  With this money we will be …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank: NO CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND

    NO CHILDREN LEFT BEHINDBy: Chris RobinsonHCFB Food Resourcing Managerchrisrobinson@harrychapinfoodbank.orgHow fortunate we are my friend, to live in “Paradise.”For thousands of our neighbors though, it isn’t quite so nice.Children all throughout our town wake up and go to school.Most will thrive and learn each day, with bellies nice and full.That’s not the case for other kids that don’t have much to eat.For them just getting through the day is something of a …

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  • Create a Legacy of Hope and Security

    A hunger-free community is what we all wish for our neighbors in need. Yet, 30,000 Southwest Floridians still struggle each month to put food on the table, and the demand for Harry Chapin Food Bank services continues to grow.

    Consider the values you hold dear. Do you believe that no child should go to school on an empty stomach? Do you believe that no senior should skip a meal in order to pay for medication? Your legacy can help reflect these core values. 

    When you make a planned …

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  • Mosaic Hunger-Relief Forum

    by Al Brislain,HCFB President and CEO

    Last week I attended the Mosaic Hunger-Relief Forum in Bradenton. It was a gathering of more than 300 representatives of food banks and other non-profit organizations, food-related industry representatives, and governmental representatives. While it might sound like a typical conference, it was not. Mosaic and its conference planning group hit a real home run! 

    The conference started off with an excellent speech by Department of Agriculture and …

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  • Providing Meals & Snacks to Children

    Written by: Louise Bain, Programs Outreach Coordinator/AmeriCorps Program ManagerSummer is over and children all over Southwest Florida are back in school, making new friends and learning lots of new things.  With the start of the school year also comes the end of the Summer Feeding Program. A total of 126 sites in Lee, Charlotte, Collier and Hendry Counties served healthy meals (a combination of breakfast, lunch and/or snacks) to children who might otherwise go without a meal …

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  • Thank you Suncoast Credit Union Foundation

    The Suncoast Credit Union has generously joined a challenge grant from Publix Super Market Charities and awarded the Food Bank $25,000.

    These dollars will in part enable the expansion of our freezer and more than double the capacity, with space for an additional 21 pallets, or a potential total of 42,000 more pounds of perishable food. 

    During the last three months of the year, this space may hold literally thousands (14,000 in 2013) of frozen chickens and turkeys for distribution to …

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  • Does your employer have a volunteer-grants or matching-gifts program?

    Tags: Volunteer

    Are you employed at Walmart? Target? CarMax? Allstate? These are just a few companies that provide volunteer grants to the organizations that their employees volunteer at.

    Did you retire from Bank of America? Bank of America provides volunteer grants for current and retired employees.

    Volunteer-grant programs, also known as "dollars for doers" programs, are charitable-giving programs set up by corporations in which the company provides a monetary donation to eligible nonprofits as a way to …

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  • Thanks To Our Supporters & Volunteers!

    All the support we receive here at the Harry Chapin Food Bank is extremely valued and appreciated. This week we would like to highlight a handful of corporate and community contributions that are making a big difference.

    Recently we received a $1,000 grant from The CarMax Foundation to honor volunteer service at the Food Bank by several CarMax employees. CarMax is just one of many companies with volunteer-grant or “dollars for doers” programs. Ask your Human Resources department if …

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  • WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk 2015

    Hunger Walk Committee Making Plans

    The planning committee for the 2015 WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk is making plans for the event to be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Miromar Outlets in Estero.  The Hunger Walk is the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s largest fundraiser of the year, having raised more than $1 million since 2008 to help feed Southwest Floridians. More than 1,000 people attended the 2014 Walk, raising over $300,000.  

    Anne Rose from Lee …

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  • Walmart Provides New Truck to Help Feed Families

    Tags: Mobile Pantry

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 29, 2014) – More than 320 families received 17,340 pounds of fresh, nutritious food Monday thanks to Walmart associates and a $140,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program that has provided a new refrigerated truck to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. The truck was unveiled during mobile pantry distribution at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 211 W. Charlotte Ave., in Punta Gorda. 

    This vehicle will enable us to serve more families, more communities, …

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  • Striving for “Zero Waste” -- And Helping Animals in the Process

    by Kelli King, Philanthropy Relations Manager

    At the Harry Chapin Food Bank we strive to ensure food does not go to waste. As part of our ongoing efforts to become a zero-waste facility, it’s encouraging to know that food deemed inedible can be used to sustain the work of the Octagon Wildlife Refuge in Punta Gorda.

    Octagon is a rescue home for abused and unwanted exotic animals.  For more than 30 years, Octagon has saved thousands of animals such as lions, tigers, bears, birds, …

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