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  • Here's How To Become A Partner Agency

    Tags: Partner Agencies, Volunteer

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    Harry Chapin Food Bank partners with more than 150 partner agencies within five counties throughout Southwest Florida to serve about 30,000 people per month. To help end the war on hunger, Harry Chapin Food Bank is looking to partner with nonprofit agencies that want to join us in this battle.  In order to be considered for partnership, there are key eligibility requirements that must be met:

    Nonprofit agencies

    Your charity is considered 501c3 as specified by the IRS, or affiliated …

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  • Ritz-Carlton employees pack 40,000 meals

    Tags: Collier County, Volunteer

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    The lights were bright on the 20-foot-tall Christmas tree in the lobby of the Ritz- Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, but not as bright as the smiles on the faces of about 75 Ritz Carlton staff members who gave up part of their weekend to give back to those in need.

    The group volunteered Saturday morning  at the Ritz-Carlton Naples Family Holiday meal packing event. They packed 40,000 meals – yes, 40,000 – for people served by the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. …

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  • Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation awards $200,000 grant to the Harry Chapin Food Bank

    Tags: Capital Campaign, Donate

    Contact:  Kelli King, (239) 334-7007, ext. 202

    kelliking@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    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 …

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  • Harry's #GivingTuesday: Things to Know

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    The frenzy of the holidays is just around the corner. How do you plan on giving back this season? Give the gift of a meal during the holidays to a SWFL family struggling with hunger on Dec. 1, 2015 for Giving Tuesday!

    What is #GivingTuesday?

    Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, is a day of giving back!

    After Thanksgiving we have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. The excitement continues with Giving Tuesday, which began in 2012 as a global day dedicated to giving …

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  • The Grand Turkey Total Is (Drum Roll Please)

    Tags: Donate, Thanksgiving 2015

    Our Thanksgiving turkey drive ended Friday with a total of about 1,400 birds donated by the public. Thanks to all who brought in their last-minute fowl so those in need can have a Happy Thanksgiving to share with their families. We had 911 turkeys as of Thursday night, so about 500 more came in on Friday!

    We thank the public for their generosity. People stopped by our office carrying one turkey or two turkeys, and there was the couple who unloaded 10 turkeys from the trunk of their car. Every …

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  • Turkey Drive Alert!

    Tags: Donate, Thanksgiving 2015

    We’re up to 911 donated by the public as of the end of the day Thursday. Today is the last day of the drive. We invite people to bring in their last-minute fowl so those in need can have a Happy Thanksgiving to share with their families.The Harry Chapin Food Bank thanks WINK-TV for being the impetus for the influx in turkeys this week. When WINK aired a story late last week that we had received only about 75 turkeys so far, the public and businesses stepped up to the plate. Bill …

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  • Turkey update with kudos to WINK-TV

    Tags: Donate, Thanksgiving 2015

    Thanks to WINK-TV, donations for turkeys have been steadily coming in at the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

    Since WINK aired their story about the turkey shortage and the food bank’s need for 10,000 Thanksgiving turkeys for people in need, great things have happened:

    Billy Fuccillo, owner of Fuccillo Kia in Cape Coral, stepped forward and donated $5,000 for turkeys.

    The public brought in 200 turkeys Monday to the Harry Chapin Food Bank warehouse, and 175 on Tuesday. We don’t have a …

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  • 2016 Empty Bowls Naples Celebrates 10 Years

    Tags: Empty Bowls Naples, Collier County, Events

    Supporting the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida!What is Empty Bowls Naples?Empty Bowls Naples is a fundraiser for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida being held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Cambier Park in downtown Naples. Attendees will find about 2,000 handcrafted ceramic bowls created throughout the year by local artists, educators, students and volunteers, all displayed in a rainbow of color and design. For a suggested $15 donation, guests keep …

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  • Fuccillo KIA supports HCFB with two HUGE surprises

    Tags: Donation, Thanksgiving 2015

    Fuccillo KIA supports HCFB

    Billy Fuccillo of Fuccillo KIA gave two HUGE surprises to the Harry Chapin Food Bank Monday morning. The owner of the Cape Coral dealership donated $5,000 to our turkey drive. And then, he announced another amazing gift live on WINK-TV. Fuccillo will match every donation made to the food bank from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000! We thank him for his incredible generosity on behalf of the 30,000 families and individuals in need that we provide food for …

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  • Welcoming back Toby Ives: A Q&A

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    Toby Ives our new Interim President and CEO is from Asheville, N.C., and has a nearly 30-year career in food banking. He has served as the interim CEO for several food banks in the Feeding America network, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) in 2007.

    HCFB: Welcome back, Toby! We’re curious, what first inspired you to get involved in food banking?TI: In 1988 I was finishing up a contract position when a friend, who was also a board member at MANNA Food Bank, called me. She said …

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  • Publix proves to be food bank partner extraordinaire

    Tags: Donation

    Publix Charities Donates $120,000 to HCFB

    The air was festive and the front loading dock of Harry Chapin Food Bank was a sea of green today, as a small army of Publix Super Markets officials and associates in their signature green shirts delivered a semi-tractor trailer load of food for those in need.

    And they brought even more green, the monetary kind, in the form of a $120,000 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities to buy a new refrigerated truck. 

    About 35 guests were on hand for the presentation, which was peppered …

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  • The Flap About Holiday Birds

    Tags: Donate, Thanksgiving 2015

    The Blossoms for Birds event formally kicked off our Thanksgiving bird drive Monday and continues every day from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday. Just bring a frozen or fresh turkey or chicken to Fort Myers Floral Designs and get a bright bouquet of flowers in exchange. Some early birds were arriving Monday at the floral shop, 11480 S. Cleveland Ave. (traffic light at Beacon Manor and U.S. 41). But the bar has been set high. We need 10,000 birds to provide to families who otherwise would not …

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  • New Interim CEO takes the helm of Harry Chapin Food Bank

    Tags: Toby Ives

    Toby Ives of Asheville, N.C., has been named the new Interim President and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. Ives, who has a nearly 30-year career in food banking, is serving in the transition period between the departure of Al Brislain, former president and CEO, and the hiring of a new CEO by the food bank board. Ives presided over Harry Chapin Food Bank in 2007, during the search for a new CEO that resulted in Brislain’s hiring. 

    “The Board of …

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  • Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $1.5 Million to Feeding America food bank network; Harry Chapin Food Bank to receive a trailer-load of food and a $120,000 check for a new truck

    Tags: Donation

    Contact: Maria Brous (863) 680-5339

    LAKELAND, Fla. (Nov. 5, 2015) Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced today that it will donate $1.5 million to Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, and 12 member food banks across Publix’s operating area, including Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.Food banks are in need of refrigerated trucks to transport perishable items that are donated by food retailers. This generous donation …

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  • Blossoms for Birds and other ways to help make Thanksgiving happen for the hungry

    Tags: Donate, Thanksgiving 2015

    • Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida needs about 10,000 turkeys and chickens to help families in need put a holiday dinner on the table this season. Donations of fresh and frozen birds are lagging, while Thanksgiving is just three weeks away. The last day to donate birds for the holiday drive is Nov. 20. 

    Here are some easy ways to help:• Drop off a fresh or frozen turkey or chicken at Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers or Naples warehouses. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4: …

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  • Join us for Aviation Day this Saturday: Donate a non-perishable food item

    Tags: Events

    Contact: Victoria B. Moreland, Director/Communications & Marketing

    239-590-4504, Email: vbmoreland@flylcpa.com

    Contact: Mary Wozniak,Harry Chapin Food Bank,239-334-7007, ext. 150;Email: mwozniak@harrychapinfoodbank.org

    JOIN US FOR AVIATION DAY THIS SATURDAY- DONATE A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM -

    Aviation Day 2015 will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 at Page Field from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission and parking. Aviation Day is an annual community event hosted by the Lee County Port …

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  • From Hunger to Health: Cooking Matters

    Tags: Collier County, Programs

    The mobile pantry program at the Harry Chapin Food Bank enables us to distribute nutritious food to clients who may not be able to access our partner agencies, due to location or transportation barriers. It is also a good avenue to provide additional resources to clients at the same time, including nutrition education.In Collier County, we are working with the Extension Service (part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) to provide information on …

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  • The News-Press: Thankfulness puts food on tables of poor

    Tags: Donate, Thanksgiving 2015, Press

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    STACEY HENSON, SHENSON@NEWS-PRESS.COM 

    Hunger remains year round, but monetary donations carry Southwest Florida charities through lean months

    One Southwest Florida food bank is trying to get turkeys on the tables of 15,000 hungry families this Thanksgiving.

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is kicking into high gear: It relies on the community this time of year more than ever.

    "The problem is we can't always fill our orders," said Miriam Pereira, director of …

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  • Bank of America and Harry Chapin Food Bank team up to "Give a Meal"

    Tags: Donate, Thanksgiving 2015

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    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 …

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  • Will You Help to Feed a Family this Holiday Season?

    Tags: Donate, Thanksgiving 2015

    Image for Q&A with our Partner Relations Manager

    Thanksgiving is less than one month away! Celebrating the holidays is difficult when you have limited or no resources to make them special. Now through November 20, you can help thousands of Southwest Florida families and children have a traditional meal by supporting the Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB). Carolyn Jones, Partner Relations Manager and a holiday bird distribution lead, helps us with some frequently asked questions:

    HCFB: What does Thanksgiving mean for the Programs staff at the …

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