Costco awards $20,000 grant to the Harry Chapin Food Bank

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Costco awards $20,000 grant to the Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that Costco has granted $20,000 to the food bank to support the purchase of food and grocery items from local Costco stores.

“We are grateful that Costco has joined in our mission to fight and overcome hunger in Southwest Florida,” said Al Brislain, president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. “Their grant will help greatly in our effort to provide food to the 30,000 people we serve monthly in a five-county area.” 

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.

In Southwest Florida, despite a recovering economy, the need is still great. 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.

Costco’s charitable giving policy focuses specifically on programs supporting children, education and health and human services. Costco Wholesale is committed to supporting charitable and community activities in the markets where the retailer does business. 

Children and seniors make up 50 percent of the people the Harry Chapin Food Bank serves. Other groups include the underemployed, single-parent and other low-income families, the disabled, homeless, and abused women and children.

Harry Chapin Food Bank’s goal is to not only feed those in need, but to educate the public about the problem of hunger, and advocate for families facing hunger. We’re recognized as a four-star organization by Charity Navigator, the national nonprofit watchdog organization

The food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items for each donated dollar. The organizations that receive the food include soup kitchens, local food pantries, children’s food programs, senior programs, residential programs, homeless shelters and AIDS projects. 

We also distribute fresh food direct to families via our mobile pantries. 

To make a donation, call (239) 334-7007 or visit http://harrychapinfoodbank.org/donate.

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