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Harrys Helpings Available From Harry Chapin Food Bank

Harry Chapin Food Bank seeks donations amid coronavirus impacts in SWFL

School is out, hunger is not! Need extra food? The Harry Chapin Food Bank now has Harrys Helpings boxes available for local food-insecure families.

Each box contains 15-20 pounds of nutritious, non-perishable foods

for an average of 15 family meals.

Box contents include:

1 18 oz. jar crunchy peanut butter

1 19 oz. jar grape jelly

1 14 oz. bag oatmeal

1 32 oz. bag rice

1 1 lb. bag spaghetti noodles

2 24 oz. canned meat pasta sauce

2 14 oz. canned vegetables collard greens

1 15 oz. canned slice pears

2 10.5 oz. canned soup cream of chicken

2 15 oz. canned ravioli

4 .5 oz. canned tuna

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, located at 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers, is the largest hunger-relief network in Southwest Florida, serving Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties, feeding a quarter of a million of people each month.

For additional information about the Harry Chapin Food Bank or ways you can help provide food to those in need, please call 239-334-7077 or visit .

A Push To Clear Out Pantries As People Head North

FORT MYERS, Fla. The Harry Chapin Food Bank, in Fort Myers, has long been the destination to sort out millions of pounds of food dry, produce, dairy, frozen – and get all of it to the people who need it.

The need is very pronounced in 2022.

“The sad truth is that we have a lot of hungry people,” said Richard LeBer, president/ceo of Harry Chapin Food Bank. “Mostly working families and seniors on fixed incomes for whom this is a very expensive place to live. At the same time, we have no shortage of food.”

LeBer said the food bank is feeding “about a quarter of a million people” each month.

“Our numbers shot up during the pandemic to more than double what they were, pre-pandemic,” said LeBer. “They’re coming down some since then but still running about 30 percent more than during the pandemic.”

As the calendar shifts from March into April, this also brings a focus on the tens of thousands of people who leave Southwest Florida to head north and go “back home”. This brings about the potential of thousands of pantries full of uneaten food.

Lee County Solid Waste & Waste Prevention is, once again, launching its Donated Not Wasted program, for people to offer any unopened canned or dry goods. The dates for 2022 are April 4-18.

“In 2021, we had our highest amount collected with 9,312 pounds of food that was given back to the community,” said Amanda Condamina, public utilities operations manager for Lee County Solid Waste & Waste Prevention.

Feed Thy Neighbor Collier And Lee

Feed Thy Neighbor, a nondenominational, nonprofit outreach meals organization, operates two kitchens, one at St. Monicha’s Episcopal Church, Naples, and one on Pennsylvania Avenue in Bonita Springs. It prepares and distribute food for those in need. It is accepting donations at its website,

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Drop Off Items At True Fashionistas

True Fashionistas Designer Resale, a consignment store in North Naples, is collecting supplies and nonperishable food donations and delivering them to Hurricane Ian victims in devastated coastal areas of East Naples and Naples Park in North Naples.

For details on types of donations needed, check the store’s . True Fashionistas is open for drop-offs from 10 a.m. to 3: p.m. now through Saturday, Oct. 8, at Suite 104 in the Galleria Shoppes, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road.

The store needs volunteers to help organize and distribute donations.

Free Meal Sites In Southwest Florida


#ChefsForFlorida is offering free food from lunch until sunset in:

  • Cape Coral at 2016 Kismet Parkway E.
  • Port Charlotte at Walmart, 19100 Murdock Court
  • Fort Myers Beach at 33 Tropical Shore Way
  • Fort Myers at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Boulevard
  • Englewood at Ann & Chuck Dever Park, 6941 San Casa Drive.

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Shucker’s & The Cottage Bar Employee Relief Fund Started

A relief fund has begun for employees of a Fort Myers Beach restaurant at 1250 Estero Blvd.

Brian Nagle of Shucker’s & The Cottage Bar announced the fundraiser Monday after Hurricane Ian wiped out the restaurant Thursday. The goal is to raise $30,000.

To donate, visit this website.

“I went down the day after the hurricane and this is my 700 seat restaurant,” he communicated to The News-Press and provided a photo of what’s left of his restaurant.

“I found this flag in the rubble and just didn’t feel right stepping over it. Figured it could give my people a little hope because I have nothing else to offer. Thank you.”

Nership With Harry Chapin Food Bank Allows St Matthews House To Distribute Even More Food

St. Matthews House is grateful to be one of the 150+ partners working with the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Through partnerships like this, were able to extend our reach and help even more people struggling with hunger across Southwest Florida.

As you can see from the graphic on WINK News, Harry Chapin Food Bank gave St. Matthews House almost 2 million pounds of food between March 2020 and March 2021 which we were then able to distribute through our mobile food pantry.

To view a complete list of all our upcoming food distributions, visit our Food Pantry & Direct Assistance page.

To read the full story from WINK News, .

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Hurricane Ian Relief Updates

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is a 5013 charitable organization, registration #CH328. A copy of the Food Bank’s official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. For more information, contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs at 1-800-435-7352 or visit

St Katherine In North Naples Hosting Luncheon For Ian Victims

Harry Chapin Food Bank continues to feed Southwest Florida families

A North Naples church known for its popular Greek festival will host a luncheon this weekend to benefit Hurricane Ian victims.

The luncheon is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday after 9:30 a.m. worship services at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church 7100 Airport-Pulling Road.

All donations will go to those in our area most in need after last week’s hurricane.

“It is a moment for action and selfless love, no one else but us should be responding to this suffering and great need,” the Rev. Demetre Mott, presiding priest of the church community, said in his message to parishioners.

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Harry Chapin Food Bank Lee County

Visit the Harry Chapin Food Bank website The Fort Myers location, for those who want to donate food items 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., is at the Fort Myers Distribution Center, 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL 33901. 239-334-7007

The food bank is expanding its locations to help get food to more people. It will be distributing water and food from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the following locations:

  • Cape Coral Elementary: 4519 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33904. CanoHealth Group will be on-site with a medical mobile unit offering free services, including measuring blood pressure, heart rate and glucose checks, wound care, and some lab services depending on the case.
  • Sacred Heart: 211 W Charlotte Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. It will also be holding normal distributions from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the following locations:
  • Faith Assembly of God: 7101 Bayshore Rd, North Fort Myers, FL 33917
  • Human Services of Charlotte County: 21500 Gibralter Dr, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

The organization will update its distribution schedule on a daily basis. Visit for more information.

Harry Chapin Food Bank Providing Food Water To Coastal Lee County

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is partnering with State Rep. Adam Botana to help provide food and water to people in the coastal areas of Lee County. The food bank says it sustained roof damage at its Fort Myers distribution center but is still able to provide people with food and water from that facility, WINK News reports.


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St Matthew’s House Collier County

St. Matthew’s House is taking donations of money, food and clothing at its Naples location, or online at Financial donations can be made at the website bring food or clothing to the following locations: 2601 Airport Road S., Naples, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, or 630 W. Main St., Immokalee 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Data Analyst Harry Chapin Food Bank

Harry Chapin Food Bank and the Coronavirus

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

Position Title: Data Analyst

FLSA Status: Full-time, Regular non-exempt

Immediate Supervisor: Director of Programs

Employees Supervised: Volunteers and/or interns occasionally

Position Summary: Plan, implement, train, maintain, and provide support regarding roll out of the service insight data tracking software in the Programs Department throughout our service area: Hendry, Glades, Collier, Charlotte, and Lee counties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:



Specific to Position:

Working Conditions: The Data Analyst is expected to travel between Hendry, Glades, Collier, Charlotte and Lee counties in order to train and support database end users.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $20.00 $23.00 per hour


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Orlando Villegas J Lee Salon Suites Donation Drives

Orlando Villegas and J. Lee Salon Suite have set up donation drives in Naples and Bonita Springs.

They’re accepting all food, clothing and supply donations and handing out free food for victims, linemen, and first responders.

The Naples location is 8965 Tamiami Trail N., and the Bonita site is 24880 S Tamiami Trail.

Harry Chapin Food Bank Partners With Feeding America


Hunger is a growing issue in our community as food prices, gas prices and rent prices increase.

Thats making it much harder for many families to make ends meet.

WINK News continues to fundraise for the Harry Chapin Food Bank in order to provide $1 million for the community.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is the only member of the Feeding American Network in our area.

Thats important because it makes sure people are fed during times of crisis, like a pandemic or following natural disasters like hurricanes.

Twenty-four hours after Hurricane Irma, the Harry Chapin Food Bank was in neighborhoods feeding people with a steady supply of food.

Now, during the pandemic, they need our financial help to keep feeding an unprecedented number of people.

Learn more about their partnership in the player above.

Consider making a donation at

You can also click on the banner below.

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Premier Mobile Health Services

Premier Mobile Health Services has mobilized its mobile clinics out in the community to continue providing free healthcare, hot meals, water, and clothing to those in need. Donations, volunteers, gently used clothes & shoes, durable medical equipment, non-perishable items and monetary contributions are needed. For more information visit the website

What We Aim To Solve

More than $91,000 raised for Fort Myers food bank

Harry Chapin Food Bank serves children, families, seniors, and veterans of Southwest Florida who are hungry or food-insecure. Children who are food-insecure do not have the energy to focus, engage, learn, and grow. Poor nutrition also has a long-term negative effect on a childs physical and mental health, academic achievement, and future economic productivity. Families that are food-insecure not only struggle to put food on the table, they often struggle to pay for rent, utilities, and childcare, among other bills. Food pantries, once considered a resource for temporary emergency food assistance, are now part of many households’ regular coping strategies. Seniors who are food-insecure live on a fixed income, struggle with health issues that can drain their resources, lack transportation, and are socially isolated. They often have nutritional deficiencies which exacerbate their medical issues. The stigma associated with asking for help further compounds the problem.

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Harry Chapin Food Bank To Receive $20000 Donation From Hahn Loeser & Parks

HomeInsightsHarry Chapin Food Bank to Receive $20,000 donation from Hahn Loeser & Parks

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP is proud to continue its philanthropic efforts with a combined $20,000 commitment to Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida for 2021-2022. Each of the Firms Florida offices has pledged $5,000 in 2021 and 2022 to the food bank.

We recognize that many people in our communities are continuing to struggle, said Hahn Loeser CEO and Managing Partner Stanley R. Gorom III. In the spirit of our 100 Acts of Kindness initiative during the firms 100th anniversary in 2020 and as part of the Firms deep commitment to the communities we serve, the firm is partnering with food banks in each of our respective locations. We believe this partnership gives us an opportunity to provide direct help to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

We love the concept of 100 Acts of Kindness and are proud that Hahn Loeser has selected the food bank as one of its philanthropic partners, said Harry Chapin Food Bank President and CEO Richard LeBer. We are extremely grateful for the generous support of Hahn Loeser. This partnership is critical in our ability to feed more than a quarter of a million who are hungry each month.

About Harry Chapin Food Bank

Bonita Springs Assistance Office

This recovery will be long-term, and the Bonita Springs Assistance Office appreciates any financial donations, large and small, at its website, At this time, the office asks that people not drop off donations of material or used goods unless already approved through the office.

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Item Drop Off At High Net Worth Advisory Group

High Net Worth Advisory Group is accepting the following supplies water, nonperishable food items, towels, baby food/formula, baby diapers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, paper towels, razors, shampoo, body wash, food gift cards, hygiene items, gloves, trash bags and cleaning supplies. The drop off location is in Naples at 8880 Tamiami Trail N at the SE corner of Vanderbilt and U.S. 41.

Volunteers Power The Harry Chapin Food Bank

Feeding Children

Volunteers make it possible for the food bank to feed a quarter of a million people a month in Southwest Florida.

Volunteers sort and pack donations of food at our Fort Myers and Naples distribution centers, distribute food at mobile pantries and collect donations at food drives, to mention just a few ways they make the food banks mission possible.

To find out if your volunteer hours can be matched by your company, please contact us at or call 334-7007. If you are in need of community service hours and would like to apply as a court-mandated volunteer, .

Please note: All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes. Weekday opportunities at Harry Chapin Food Bank warehouses have a minimum age requirement of 16. Saturday volunteering at HCFB locations have a minimum age requirement of 14, and 14-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.

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Collier Community Foundation Reactivates Relief Fund

The Collier Community Foundation has reactivated its Collier Comes Together Relief Fund to help Hurricane Ian victims.

This allows the foundation to get immediate aid where it’s needed most, according to the foundation’s press release.

One hundred percent of the donations are given to nonprofits helping victims and their families without administrative fees.

“The fund serves to assure donors’ support will reach its intended cause,” the press release said. “Fraudulent sites pop-up following a disaster or emergency that mislead donors about where their funds will go.”

For more information and to donate online to the Hurricane Relief Fund, visit, the direct link to the fund.

Checks may also be mailed to the Collier Community Foundation at 1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200, Naples, FL 34108. Please note Hurricane Fund in the memo line.

Long Island Cares Is Long Islands First Food Bank

Founded in 1980 by singer-songwriter and activist, Harry Chapin, our organization is dedicated to serving Long Islands hungry and food insecure populations.

Long Island Cares is one of almost 200 food banks across America that provides food to people impacted by hunger and food insecurity. When founded, Long Island Cares served a mere handful of agencies in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, but today, it distributes more than ten million pounds of food and supplies annually to nearly 400 member agencies in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and operates 5 satellite offices, plus our main office and warehouse in Hauppauge.

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The Charlotte Community Foundation

In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, Charlotte Community Foundation has activated the Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund. Funds will be used to provide financial assistance and resources to Charlotte County residents impacted by the Hurricane. At this time, only monetary donations are being requested. For more information visit the website

Harry Chapin Food Bank Of Southwest Florida

Harry Chapin Food Bank prepare hunger relief kits for families in SWFL

The mission of the Harry Chapin Food Bank is “to lead our community in the fight to end hunger.”

In FY 17-18 we distributed 24 million pounds of food to our #SWFL neighbors in need. We serve about 28,000 weekly through 150+ partner agencies.

The Food Bank has achieved significant growth in order to meet the needs of hungry people in Southwest Florida distributing hundreds of thousands of pounds of food each month to 150+ Partner Agencies serving our neighbors in need. Our growth and success in overcoming hunger in our communities is evidenced by the annual distribution of 20.6 million pounds of food and other grocery products, valued at $34 million.

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