The food bank has about 200,000 pounds of U.S. Department of Agriculture food in the warehouse. If the federal government shutdown continues for an extended period of time, the food bank does not know when it may receive more of this nutritious food. USDA food makes up 10% of the total food distributed by the food bank. Over a 1 year period this equals 1.6 million pounds of food. The rest of the food bank’s food comes through private sources, the food industry and fundraising.
Please help us now by donating canned meats, stews, chicken, tuna, peanut butter, beans, rice, canned fruit, vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, baby food, cereal, fruit juice, canned soup and other non-perishable items.
A recent study titled “Food Hardship 2008-2012: Geography and Household Structure,” released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), found that in surveys from 2008-2012, Cape Coral/Fort Myers ranked 3rd in the country, with 30.6 percent of households with children reporting that they did not have enough money to buy needed food.
Hunger is not isolated to one event, one day or season. Hunger does not discriminate by race, faith or age; it exists throughout our community. Someone you know may be hungry; your co-worker, your child’s classmate, your elderly parents.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank provides food each month to more than 30,000 people through a network of 150 partner agencies that run soup kitchens, pantries and other programs in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties. More than 1 million pounds of food are distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank monthly. For each donated dollar, the food bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items. In fiscal year 2012-2013, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 16.6 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $27 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 13.8 million meals to people in need.