For the fourth consecutive year, Bank of America and Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks across the country, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, are partnering in the Give A Meal Program. For every $1 donated to the program now through Dec. 31, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give $2 more, (up to $1,000 per donor) capped at a $50,000 match per food bank.
Give A Meal is a nationwide program that aims to reduce hunger in local communities. The program has been highly successful, with more than 45 million meals contributed to those in need in 2014.
The Give A Meal program enables individuals to make a donation to Feeding America nationally or specifically to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Donations can be made at www.bankofamerica.com/give. You can designate donations to the Harry Chapin Food Bank by typing in our "33901" ZIP code.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank received $89,080 for hunger relief through the 2014 fundraising effort. Donors made $39,080 in gifts, which the Bank of America foundation matched by $50,000.
“Providing consistent access to food and support towards financial stability can be critical for families facing poverty,” said Gerri Moll, Fort Myers/Naples market president for Bank of America. “Harry Chapin Food Bank, Bank of America and the Feeding America network are working together to ensure that families don’t have to choose between putting food on the table and paying vital bills.”
Miriam Pereira, food bank development director, added, “Harry Chapin Food Bank is proud to be part of this effort to help individuals, families, seniors and others at risk of hunger.”
According to the 2013 Annual Social and Economic Supplement by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 46 million people and more than 20 percent of children younger than 18 live in poverty. Many are hard-working Americans who have experienced loss of income. In Southwest Florida, despite a recovering economy, the need is still great.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties. During fiscal year 2014-2015, the food bank provided 18.4 million pounds of food to its partner agencies and programs.