Contact: Kelli King, (239) 334-7007, ext. 202
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. A portion of this grant will be for the food bank’s capital campaign for improvements to the food bank’s warehouse, and the remainder to acquire and distribute food. This contribution brings the campaign to $3.5 million.
“Appreciative of the great work and positive impact that the Harry Chapin Food Bank has on both Lee and Collier counties, it is our honor to support such a worthwhile organization! With an increasing number of individuals and families in need, it’s important to recognize the Harry Chapin Food Bank as a strong asset for our communities, as they work diligently to coordinate services, along with other local organizations, to provide food to those who are hungry,” said Mary Beth Geier, region coordinator for the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.
The Schulze Foundation has been a generous supporter of the food bank in its mission to fight hunger. With this grant, the foundation continues its dedication to investing in the health and welfare of those in need in Southwest Florida.
With a goal of $5.1 million, the campaign aims to improve the food bank’s ability to acquire and distribute more nutritious, fresh food to children, working-poor families and others who struggle with hunger.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, provides food each month to more than 30,000 people through a network of more than 150 partner agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades, and Charlotte counties. The food bank has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading nonprofit watchdog organization, for the sixth year in a row.