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  • Uniting to End Hunger - It Starts with Us

    2015 Hunger Summit, by Carolyn Jones, Partner Relations Manager

    Continuing and strengthening its efforts to end hunger in the region, the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida will unite with partner agencies and hunger pioneers during its 2015 Hunger Summit.The “Uniting to End Hunger” summit offers organizations in Southwest Florida a forum to learn from experts from a variety of fields including fundraising, community health and nutrition, and advocacy, as well as share …

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  • You've Got Mail -- and Say Goodbye Hunger

    Tags: Lee County, Volunteer

    Did you know the Saturday before Mother's Day is also the largest one-day food drive in the nation?

    Are you ready to Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 9th? Letter carriers across Southwest Florida are gearing up for the 23rd annual National Letter Carriers' food drive, Stamp Out Hunger.  This is the one day when letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by mailboxes, in addition to their mail delivery duties. Last year residents donated over 237,000 pounds of food …

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  • HUNGER IS NO JOKE: 10 HCFB Facts

    The food bank distributes about 70,000 pounds of food each weekday; but how is that done? Who has a hand in it?The truth is everyone has a part in our hunger-relief efforts in Southwest Florida.

    Fact 1 - Volunteers are the heart of our mission. Every day in our warehouses you’ll find numerous volunteers who take the time to join our cause.  They saved over $1,187,000 for the food bank --allowing us feed more of our neighbors in need.Fact 2 - 15,583,333 meals were …

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  • Food Banking on a Global Scale

    By Al Brislain, President and CEO

    This week I had the honor of attending the Global FoodBanking Network Conference in Houston Texas. There were representatives from 38 countries and all continents, except Antarctica. The representatives varied from food banks that are still in the planning stages to national networks of dozens of food banks.  The conference was very collaborative exchanging ideas, sharing successes and learning from each other. It was a pleasure to hear food bankers from …

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  • Press Release: Harry Chapin Food Bank Reaches Gold Level

     The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida Earns the GuideStar Exchange Gold Participation Level as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

    Fort Myers, FL -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s deep commitment to nonprofit …

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  • It takes a village…… to write a grant!

    Tags: Volunteer

    How can you help?

    Everybody asks me, where do you find grants? First, the mind of a grant writer is never at rest. Every day, every minute is an opportunity to look for a grant opportunity. Stop for gas at 7/11…. Get back to the desk, research if 7/11 has a charitable foundation and are we eligible. See a commercial on TV, check on to see if they have a foundation and what causes are supported.

     

    (When Walmart employees volunteer at the food bank, they provide both critical …

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  • Press Release: Lee Citizens Encouraged to Prepare for Annual Letter Carrier Food Drive on May 9

    Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130E-Mail:   joycejacobs@harrychapinfoodbank.orgCell Phone #: 239-839-4143

                              LEE CITIZENS ENCOURAGED TO PREPARE FOR ANNUAL LETTER CARRIER FOOD DRIVE ON MAY 9

    Fort Myers, FL  -- Letter carriers in Lee  County are gearing up for the 23rd annual national letter carrier food drive.  The nation’s largest single-day food drive, & …

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  • Here's the answer to one of your most-asked questions....

    When I answer the phones, one of the most common questions is: “What type of food is most needed?”

       So I went around and surveyed several employees who work in different departments of the food bank.  Instead of getting a grocery list, I got some excellent general guidelines of how you can look at food when you’re cleaning your pantry or shopping at the grocery store.

    #1:  Instead of thinking of specific items, think of the people our partner agencies …

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  • Agency Spotlight: Jesus Love You Ministries... supplying more than just food

    Tags: Charlotte County, Partner Agency

    “We are homeless though we are not hopeless”

    This is a testimony shared by one of our partner agency’s clients.  Located in Port Charlotte, Jesus Loves You Ministry feeds hope as well as hungry bellies.  The Ministry has a mobile outreach pantry that serves homeless individuals living in the woods, in their cars or under bridges.  Their clients are from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds.  In addition to offering hot meals and groceries, they provide …

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  • What Will Your Legacy Be?

    Let us help you design your legacy!

    Imagine how much good could be accomplished if each of us remembered the Harry Chapin Food Bank in our estate plans. A common misconception with legacy giving is that it is only for the “wealthy.” The reality is, even people of modest means can make a difference through planned giving.

    Planned giving gifts help the food bank secure and distribute food and groceries to those in need, raise public awareness and promote viable solutions to food …

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  • 4 fun special events you may want to help at this spring

    Tags: Lee County, Volunteer

     

    Did you know in 2014, more than 3,000 volunteers donated over 52,650 volunteer hours for the food bank? According to the independent sector, the current national average value of a volunteer hour is $22.55. Making the value of Harry Chapin Food Banks volunteer’s donation worth more than 1.18 million dollars! We are so grateful.

    Volunteers are needed for these upcoming special events. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tanya Phillips, volunteer manager, at …

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  • Press Release: Give Where You Live 30 Kicks Off on March 3, 2015

    Tags: Collier County

    Miriam Pereira, Development Directormpereira@harrychapinfoodbank.org239-334-7007 x 127FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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    Support the work of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Give Where You Live 30 Kicks Off on March 3, 2015

    Naples, FL – (February 12, 2015) – The Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) invites the community to support its efforts to help feed our neighbors in need by donating to the food bank during Give Where You Live 30 …

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  • Press Release: Capital Campaign

    Tags: Capital Campaign

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank

    3760 Fowler Street

    Fort Myers, FL 33901

     

    For Release:  Feb. 5, 2015

    Contact:  Meg Madzar, (239) 334-7007, ext. 120

    megmadzar@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

    Harry Chapin Food Bank announces $5.1 million capital campaign

    For immediate release -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida has raised $2.7 million, more than half of its $5.1 million capital campaign goal. The food bank announced the public phase of the campaign during a celebration …

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  • Harry Chapin Food Bank raises more than $375,000 at two major events

    Tags: Lee County, Collier County

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank

    3760 Fowler Street

    Fort Myers, FL 33901

     

    For Release: January 26, 2015

    Contact:  Joyce Jacobs, 334-7007, ext. 130

    Cell:  239-839-4143

    Harry Chapin Food Bank raises more than $375,000 at two major events

    Fort Myers, FL – The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (HCFB) raised more than $375,000, thanks to community support at the food bank’s two largest events of the year, Empty Bowls: Naples and WINK News Feeds Families Hunger …

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  • Empty Bowls: Naples

    Tags: Collier County

    Are you headed to #EmptyBowlsNaples this weekend? This is my first year attending the event and so I’ve been going around asking some questions. Thought I would share the answers with you!

    1. What is Empty Bowls: Naples?

    Empty Bowls: Naples is a fundraiser for the Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB).  Volunteers have been making unique bowls since last year’s event ended.  Local restaurants donate soup and bread to serve to attendees. When you donate $15, you receive a bowl …

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  • Hunger Walk Reaches Goal of $315,000!

    Tags: Hunger Walk

    Harry Chapin once said: “To Know is to Care, To Care is to Act, To Act is to Make a Difference.”

    On Saturday the Southwest Florida community came together and brought this quote to life.

    “To Know is to Care”  – Our community knows hunger is still an issue for too many of our residents.  Although many are back to work, they are making less than they did before the recession, sometimes working multiple jobs just to try to keep up.  More than 30,000 …

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  • A Day On, Not a Day Off

    Tags: Lee County

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    “A Day On, Not a Day Off”

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”  Every year, people across the United States answer that question by coming together to help their neighbors and communities by participating in the MLK Day of Service as part of “United We Serve”, the President’s call to service initiative.  On Monday, January 19th the food bank’s AmeriCorps …

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  • Press Release: AmeriCorps

    AmeriCorps volunteers to serve at Fort Myers Rescue Mission on MLK Day of Service

    Fort Myers, FL -- The Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. People across the country honor Dr. King through service, improving lives, and making a difference in their communities. The Southwest Florida Food Corps, the AmeriCorps service program at the Harry Chapin Food Bank, is participating in the day of service by partnering …

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  • Press Release: Publix Super Markets customers donated more than 400,000 pounds of food to the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    Publix Super Markets customers donated more than 400,000 pounds of food to the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    Customers of Publix Super Markets have donated more than  400,000 pounds of food to the Harry Chapin Food Bank through Publix’ “Food for Sharing” food drive, which was held at all Southwest Florida stores Nov. 6-26. During that time, Publix customers bought and donated bags containing canned and other nonperishable food such as rice, peanut butter and tuna.

    “Food …

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  • There's Still Time: 12 Ways to Give

    Harry Says Plenty of Time to Give Plenty The Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) invites you to be a holiday hunger hero this holiday season. HCFB is one of Feeding America’s 200 food banks fighting hunger in every county of every state. By supporting Feeding America, you are supporting us, your local food bank that serves 30,000+ SWFL neighbors monthly who face food insecurity. In addition, Congress has reauthorized tax breaks for charitable transfers from individual retirement accounts for 2 …

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