The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida announces that the Comcast Foundation has awarded a $10,036 grant in support of the food bank’s volunteer program.
The gift resulted from Comcast Cares Day, which happens every April during National Volunteer Month, to celebrate the company's commitment to service in the community. This year more than 120 Comcast Cares Day events took place throughout Florida from the Keys to the Panhandle.
“Harry Chapin Food Bank appreciates Comcast’s support and welcomes once again the chance to partner with a company that shows such commitment to fighting hunger in Southwest Florida,” said Al Brislain, food bank president and CEO.
Harry Chapin Food Bank thanks all of the Comcast employees and their families who volunteered in April. More than 150 volunteers donated a total of 501 hours and processed 23,050 pounds of food. That equals 19,211 meals for people in need.
The funding will enable Harry Chapin Food Bank to hold, for the first time, a one-evening volunteer recognition event in March 2016 for all of our volunteers. The event will include dinner and recognition awards for the volunteers.
The food bank solicits, collects and distributes quality food to families in need through a network of more than 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. This figure represents a 450 percent increase in food distributed in Southwest Florida over the last eight years.
The food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items for each donated dollar and serves 30,000 Southwest Floridians each month.