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

Tags: Collier County

Miriam Pereira, Development Director
mpereira@harrychapinfoodbank.org
239-334-7007 x 127
FOR 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 starting at noon March 3 and ending at noon March 4.

Give Where You Live 30 is a county-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Collier County through online giving. The Community Foundation of Collier County and Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation are partnering to present Give Where You Live 30. Donations are accepted through Givewhereyoulive30.org.

As a participating nonprofit on Givewhereyoulive30.org, the Harry Chapin Food Bank will benefit from this initiative in many ways. The food bank’s goal is to raise $10,000 to support its summer feeding programs. More than 60 percent of students in Collier County Public Schools are eligible for free- and reduced-price meals. Many children go hungry when schools close for the summer because their families do not earn enough to provide them with fresh, nutritious food.

The food bank’s goal is to raise $10,000 to provide these children and their families with fresh produce and other nutritious food through HCFB’s mobile pantries and other programs that directly serve those in need in Collier County.

Marking 32 years of service in Southwest Florida, the Harry Chapin Food Bank provides fresh produce, frozen meat, and nonperishable foods to more than 20 nonprofit Collier County organizations that operate soup kitchens, after-school feeding programs and pantries. In 2014, the food bank provided these agencies with 3.1 million pounds of food, the equivalent of almost 2.6 million meals.

300,000 Matching Fund

Thanks to Community Foundation of Collier County and Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Give Where You Live 30 features a $300,000 Matching Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation from noon to noon March 3 through March 4, receives a portion of the matching fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated. For example, if the Harry Chapin Food Bank receives 10 percent of the total donations made on Give Where You Live 30 Day, the food bank also receives 10 percent of the $300,000 Matching Fund. The match is made after any transaction fees are deducted from your donation.

 “Thanks to generous members of our community and hardworking nonprofits, we expect the first Give Where You Live 30 to be a rousing success,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County. “Not only the dollars raised, but the number of donors contributing to the success of the day will grow tremendously. We look forward to continuing the momentum every year.”

 About the Community Foundation of Collier County

The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable fund, established in 1985 with a $300,000 endowment to increase and focus private philanthropy in the area. Today, the Community Foundation oversees more than 560 funds, collaborates with more than 400 nonprofits, holds over $78 million in assets and has distributed more than $78 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs.

 About Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was founded in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, as a way to give back to the community. Schulze and his family believe that a good education, a supportive family and a strong work ethic prepare children for a successful future. To support that belief, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation supports education and basic human services, among other types of organizations. It is the vision of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to connect in a meaningful way with grantees to make strategic contributions that achieve specific, measurable outcomes.

 

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