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  • Surprising benefits to volunteering

    Tags: Volunteers

    In 2013, more than 2,750 volunteers collectively provided almost 42,830 hours to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. It may be hard to find the time with our busy lives to volunteer but the benefits are enormous. Volunteering can help you find friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and reach out into the community. At the Food Bank there are many volunteer opportunities.

    One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Volunteers are often the glue that holds a …

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  • Big or small, every gift makes a difference

    Tags: Lee County, Mobile Pantry

    “I wish it could be more…”“Wish it was more; this is the best I can do…”These two handwritten notes – scrawled on small pieces of paper – accompanied two recent donations to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. In the middle of otherwise routine days of processing donations, these apologetic declarations gave me pause and made me think.These are still tough economic times for many. Day in and day out, I’m impressed by the generosity of the …

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  • Publix Spring Food Drive now through April 19th

    Tags: Food Drive

    Where: Anytime Publix in Southwest Florida

    When: now through Saturday, April 19th

    Description: YOU CAN HELP OUR NEIGHBORS NOW: At Publix now through April 19, 2014: 1. Grab a donation ticket. 2. Choose a donation amount at checkout. 3. Grab a FREE reusable bag as a thank you. Your donation will sponsor the following items: Bronze-level: $4.73 provides tuna, macaroni and cheese, grits and green beans. Silver-level: $9.62 provides beef stew, instant potatoes, rice, macaroni and cheese, grits …

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  • Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Golf Tournament Presented by Audi Fort Myers - May 16th

    Where: The Colony Golf & Country Club, 4101 Pelican Colony Boulevard, Bonita Springs

    When: Friday, May 16, 2014

    Registration Begins: 11:45 a.m.Announcements: 12:45 - 1 p.m.SHOTGUN START: 1 p.m.Dinner & Awards: 5:30 - 7 p.m.

    Pre-registration: Contact Connie Boyd "" (239) 334-7007 ext. 100 or Meg Mazdar "" (239) 334-7007 ext. 120Description: Enjoy a day on the links at the Colony Golf & Country Club and support …

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  • Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope with The Global FoodBanking Network

    Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope with The Global FoodBanking NetworkBy: Al Brislain, President and CEO, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest FloridaI was invited to speak to the Global Food Bank Network’s Leadership Institute. More than 70 people attended, representing more than 30 countries, including Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, India, France, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Bulgaria, Russia, Israel, Dubai, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Canada, …

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  • BBQ & BASH raises more than $10,000 to feed SW Florida children!

    The Chamber of Southwest Florida's Leadership Lee County Class of 2012, a program of The Chamber of Southwest Florida, raised more than $10,000 at its Big BBQ & Bash event, held January 24 at Harley-Davidson of Fort Myers. The money raised is to be distributed equally to three charities that feed hungry children in Southwest Florida: African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM), Blessings in a Backpack, Lee County, and the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Each organization received $3,359.74 to help …

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  • Food for Slots - May 6th

    Where: Seminole Casino 506 South 1st. St. Immokalee, FL 34142

    When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

    Time: 12:00 - 8 p.m.

    Description: On May 6. 2014 Food for Slots will be hosted by Seminole Casino. There is a  $10.00 entry, with special slots opened from 12:00-8:00 p.m. We will receive a portion of the proceeds. Come out to try your luck!

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  • Happy Valentine's Day

    Spread the love: $1 donated allows us to distribute $6 worth of food!

    Each of us understands that Valentine's Day is about much more than flowers and candy. On this special day of caring please join with us at the Harry Chapin Food Bank by choosing to Take Heart Against Hunger and share your love this year with someone less fortunate.Hunger, here in Southwest Florida, is an invisible epidemic felt by those who experience it and those who try to end it. The face of hunger in …

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  • Naples Mobile Pantry Sponsored by Naples Children & Education Foundation

    Tags: Mobile Pantry, Collier County

    Naples Mobile Pantry - Mother and Daughter

    On Thursday, January 30, 2014 a Mobile Pantry was sponsored by Naples Children and Education Foundation. Thank you to NCEF, the volunteers and everyone who supports our mission to eliminate hunger in Southwest Florida. A little rain doesn't slow us down! Below are some photos from the rainy afternoon. More images can be found on our Facebook album.

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  • 2014 NALC National Letter Carrier Food Drive - May 10th

    Letter Carriers Food Drive

    Where: Your Mailbox

    When: Saturday, May 10, 2014

    Time: Mail Pickup

    Description: The 22nd National Letter Carrier Food Drive is Saturday, May 10, 2014. 

    "The concept behind the drive is simple: We ask our customers to leave non-perishable food donations at their mailboxes—and we take care of the rest." -The National Association of Letter Carriers

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  • 2014 Empty Bowls: Naples Sets New Record/Raises $60,000 for HCFB

    Tags: Empty Bowls Naples

    2014 #NaplesEmptyBowls HCFB Facebook Album: Sensational Soups2014 #NaplesEmptyBowls HCFB Facebook Album:  The Art & Artists2014 #NaplesEmptyBowls HCFB Facebook Album:  A Day In Cambier ParkThe 8th Annual Empty Bowls: Naples set a new record by raising $60,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank, when about 2,000 participants gathered Jan. 25 at Cambier Park to sample soups and to bid on bowls made by area artists. Proceeds will help the food bank provide $360,000 worth of …

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  • 2014 Wink Hunger Walk a Success

    Tags: Wink News Feeds Families Hunger Walk, Hunger Walk, Wink News

    Harry Chapin Food Bank FACEBOOK 2014 WINK HUNGER WALK Album2014 Wink Hunger Walk TEAM PHOTOS (courtesy of Scott Thomas from Wink News)The 2014 WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk reached its goal of $300,000 on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Miromar Outlets in Estero.Thanks to the community for its generosity, event sponsors, donors and walkers and Larry Lipman, president of Lipman Produce, who donated more than $10,000 to ensure that the food bank reached its goal.

     “The Food Bank is …

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  • Publix Kicks-off Food For All Holiday Campaign

    Publix Gift of Hope

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank is proud to once again be a community partner of Publix Super Markets for their 2013 Food For All campaign. From now until Dec. 24, you can support the Harry Chapin Food Bank and other non-profits with your $1, $3 and $5 donations at checkout stands. Give the gift of hope every time you shop at your local Publix and have a happy holiday season!

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  • Darlene Brooks, Peniel S.D.A. Community Service Center

    The Peniel Community Service Center appreciates the valuable services that the Harry Chapin Food Bank provides to our community. Without the help and support of the food bank it would be impossible to provide food to many of the people in our community. We are grateful to this great organization, its workers and the volunteers.

  • Fred Cull, Cape Coral Caring Center

    During our fiscal year (ending October 1st), we served over 14,000 individuals equating to 4,323 families to whom we gave 79 tons of food-We could not do - What we do - Without Harry Chapin and the many other good folks.

  • Marlyn Kandra, Our Mother's Home of Southwest Florida, Inc.

    All the people at the Harry Chapin Food bank are very helpful and courteous. We rely on the food bank to help us keep our food costs down so we can feed our foster children healthy nutritious meals every day. The delivery people are always helpful and on time, this is important as we are only females and need the help lifting the heavy boxes.

  • First Baptist Church of Lehigh Acres

    Without our food bank helping our pantry we would not be able to assist the 6,000 a month individuals in our Lehigh Community. We have grown from a small pantry that originally served 150 people a month to the 6,000. The ability to order online and have that order delivered to our door step makes our work 50% easier. Each month they are providing us with various ways to stretch our dollar to provide the most food for these families. We need this food bank to survive!

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