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Hunger Walk Raises $330,000, Thanks to You! We asked, and you responded! The 7th Annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk raised $330,000. Turn to pages 4-5 as we recognize you and our sponsors, and find more photos at!

“Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope” Vol. XV, No. 2

Newsletter — Spring 2015

Capital Campaign Well on Its Way to $5.1 Million Goal Get ready to “Peel Back Hunger”! That’s what the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s ambitious Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Capital Campaign aims to do. It has already garnered $2.7 million in committed funds. Recent receptions at the warehouses in Fort Myers and Naples kicked off the next big push toward our $5.1 million goal. “In 2007, the Food Bank distributed almost 4 million pounds a year to 12,000 children, families and seniors a month,”

President and CEO Al Brislain told invited guests. “In 2014, 19.6 million pounds of food, valued at $33.7 million, served 30,000 recipients monthly. And we’re only halfway to meeting the need in Southwest Florida.” A successful campaign will save the Food Bank more than $15,000 every month and allow us to distribute more than $1 million worth of additional food (2.2 million meals) per year for Southwest Floridians in need — our friends, families and neighbors. Jo Anna Bradshaw and David Fry are the campaign’s co-chairs. “The funds raised to date have increased the

truck fleet to 17 and doubled the size of our freezer,” said Fry. These enable the Food Bank to distribute more nutritious produce and fresh foods — particularly critical to children (40 percent of those we serve) and seniors (10 percent). “Nothing has been as rewarding as helping meet the basic of all human needs: providing food to those who are not always able to do so for themselves,” said Bradshaw. Help us reach our goal! Please make a direct donation to the Capital Campaign at its web page on the Food Bank’s web site: capital-campaign/

‘The Food I Buy Only Lasts 3 Days...’

For every $1 donation, the Food Bank can source and distribute $6 worth of food!


The nation’s largest single-day food collection effort needs your help! The 23rd annual Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is set for Saturday, May 9. Show your support for children, families and seniors in need here in Southwest Florida by marking your calendars now. What’s collected here is distributed here!

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Help Letter Carriers ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ on May 9

Sa v Se Da e T e te he P s s

Capital Campaign co-chairs David Fry and Jo Anna Bradshaw (left photo), Food Bank board chair Noelle Melanson (far left in right photo) and guests help kick off the big push toward our $5.1 million goal. See more about the Capital Campaign on page 5.

At the mobile pantry at Golden Terrace Elementary School in Naples: A February forecast of scattered rain and wind chill didn’t stop Alberta Lopez and her four children from lining up for food assistance. Then, she held tightly to the many food items she received. “I used to only visit the pantries occasionally,” she said. But recently she was laid off from part-time work in construction, “and now I’ve found myself visiting more often.” Two of her boys (with younger sister in photo) each toted a bag of fresh produce. “The food I buy only lasts about three days, and then I find myself scrambling,” Alberta said with a worried look. “But the Food Bank has helped my family’s situation get better.” The mobile food pantries also provide the extra push to continue searching for a job. “I don’t have to worry about whether or not my children are eating, and I can leave them with their older sister while I go job hunting.”

As Local Needs Grow, So Do Food Bank’s Efforts Here’s how effective the Food Bank was in 2014:

3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers, Florida 33901 2221 Corporation Blvd. Naples, Florida 34109 Phone: (239) 334-7007


neighbors in need served every month

19.6 million

16.3 million

pounds of food distributed


$33.7 million in food value

Board of Directors Chairperson NOELLE MELANSON Attorney, Melanson Law Vice Chairperson RAYMOND (RAY) PAVELKA Mariner Properties Development Treasurer CRAIG FOLK Miller, Helms and Folk, P.A. Secretary KRISTINA RODRIGUEZ Members at Large RABBI JEREMY BARRAS Temple Beth El JOHN D. BELISLE BB&T-Oswald Trippe & Co. WILLIAM M. DILLON Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and Fowler White Boggs DAVID FRY Dwell Florida JAN-ERIK HUSTRULID Owen-Amers-Kimball Company DEREK JONES Wells Fargo & Company MAURA MATZKO KENNETH O’DONNELL Busey Bank BIANCA ROSS WAFC 100.5 FM and 590 AM ANNE ROSE Lee Memorial Health System P. KEITH SCOGGINS, Jr. Farm Credit System BRIAN SCHWARTZ, M.D. 21st Century Oncology, and Florida Urology Physicians Emeritus Board JOHN B. McCLAY (deceased) JOHN POELKER (Emeritus chair)

6.8 million

pounds of produce


partner agencies


The Harry Chapin Food Bank earned Charity Navigator’s 4-Star Rating for the fifth year in a row!



volunteer hours


value of volunteer hours

6.9 million

pounds rescued in retail store pick-up (FY13-14)

Grants and Donations

Bay Colony Golf Club: $6,100 Darin Schultz New Year’s Doubles Tennis Tournament: $13,000 Episcopal Church Women of St. Michael’s: $5,000 Friendship Missionary Baptist Church: $5,000 Good Deals Appliance Audio Video: $6,375 Jane’s Trust: $75,000 Marco Island Marriott Resort and Spa: $5,835.88 Northern Trust: $6,000 Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.: $25,000

Rotary Club of Fort Myers: $22,408.38 Saint Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church: $6,540 Summit Management: $5,000 The Charles E. and Mary Elizabeth Scripps Foundation: $10,000 Verandah Community Association: $10,000 Wells Fargo: $15,000 Cross Creek Ladies Nine Hole Golf League: $7,900

(includes golfers from Cross Creek, Seven Lakes, Heritage Palms, Old Hickory, Myerlee, Colonial Country Club, Pelican Preserve and Paseo)

Our Mission...

To overcome hunger in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties through education and by working in a cooperative effort with affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.

Al Brislain, President and CEO Miriam Pereira, Development Joyce Jacobs, Communications Marta Hodson, Special Events Tanya Phillips, Volunteers 2

Maxine Golding, Newsletter Editor

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Spring 2015

Publix Gives...and Gives...and Gives Starting with his first store 85 years ago, Publix Super Markets, Inc.’s founder George Jenkins emphasized workplace giving. Today, “giving” is baked into the employee-owned grocery chain’s DNA. No partner is more grateful than the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Publix fights hunger in Southwest

Taste of Boca Grande Tops Its Goals

This year’s Taste of Boca Grande lit up the night with fun, food and music, raising almost $45,000 for the Food Bank.

Empty Bowls Naples Raises $65,000

Empty Bowls Naples raised $65,000 for the Food Bank, as 1,600 people sampled soups from 49 restaurants. Bowls were made by Collier County students, artists and craftspeople.

Steve Chapin Concert Makes Sweet Music

Steve Chapin was joined by Harry Chapin’s original bandmates Big John Wallace and Howard Fields at a concert in Bonita Springs in early February that raised $13,000.

Florida through the following efforts: • Perishable recovery program. Fresh products that are very fit for human consumption but may not meet quality standards (like an apple with a bruise) no longer end up in a Dumpster. Publix began a partnership with Feeding America that allows for regular pick-up from stores of these fresh items. Over five years, the program has recovered 100 million pounds of nutritious food. “We are very proud of this partnership with the Food Bank and Feeding America,” said Brian West, Publix’s media and community relations manager. • Food for Sharing (at Thanksgiving and Easter) and Food for All (in December) enable customers to make monetary donations directly at checkout. With Food for Sharing, Publix uses that money to purchase food staples for the Food Bank — 400,000 pounds last year! Cash donated at local Publix stores through Food for All goes directly into the community — to the Food Bank and many partner agencies. • Fill Our Fleet (September), Publix’s “team up” with LeeTran, is being reworked for 2015. The new program is expected to result in an even “greater give,” said West. Finally, funds flow to our Food Bank and others through Publix employees’ support of the United Way. Associates raised $31.1 million last year, while Publix Super Markets Charities gave $23.3 million in matching funds. Please join us in thanking Publix for its commitment to end hunger!

Publix associates here in Southwest Florida help the Food Bank fight hunger by raising funds and recovering food.

Save the Dates...

...and support the Food Bank! Walmart April 6 to May 3

Walmart’s 2015 Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign is coming (watch for details at

Hunger Summit May 20 at Hodges University Partner agencies join the Food Bank in sharing ideas and finding innovative ways to fight hunger in Southwest Florida.

Twitter Chat! 7th Day of every Month

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida partners with Long Island Cares: The Harry Chapin Food Bank, which Harry originally founded, on the 7th day of each month for a Twitter chat about Harry and hunger relief work. Join us by following the hashtag #HarryLivesOn.

Collier County Program Nets $14,497 in a Day! Here’s a unique way our Collier County friends are helping their neighbors in need — all in 24 hours! Give Where You Live 30 is a countywide online giving effort, spearheaded by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. Among participating nonprofits, the Harry Chapin Food Bank set a goal to raise $10,000 (plus a proportional percentage from a $300,000 matching fund) over 24 hours, from March 3 to March 4. We blew past that goal to $14,497, plus an approximate $2,400 match!

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


The funds will be used to support summer feeding programs and mobile pantry distributions in Collier County. More than 60 percent of students in public schools there are eligible for free- and reducedprice meals, and many go hungry when schools close for the summer. If you missed this chance to give, you can still help! Call (239) 334-7007 or go to to donate.

Connect with the Food Bank...

k n a Th ! u o Y BRONZE SPONSORS

Anonymous Al & Rebecca Brislain BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company Christine McCulloch Christopher Lee Architects Dr. & Mrs. Michael Weiss Gastroenterology Associates of Southwest Florida Henderson, Franklin & Starnes Hughes Snell & Co., P.A. Jo Anna & Wilson Bradshaw Karen & Gopal Pati Keith Scoggins Lee Memorial Health System McDonald's-the Fewster Family Melanson Law, P.A. Redneck Yacht Club Ryan Hodson Wallace International


The 7th Annual WINK NEWS Feeds Families Hunger Walk was a tremendous success! It raised $330,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank, thanks to the generosity of so many sponsors, teams, walkers and dedicated volunteers. Join us in thanking these companies, organizations and individuals for their support. Turn the page for Hunger Walk photos and find more at




Dolence, Peters & Company CPA Jorge Guzman-Huesca Scott Fischer Enterprises Fund TriNet


Amar Properties Andrew Montero Daniel Harper Dr. Valerie Dyke & Mr. John Miksa Orangetherapy Fitness Yeslow & Koeppel

A special “thank you” to Larry Lipman



Holiday Inn Airport & Town Center Panera SW Florida Neurosurgical Associates Sun Harvest Super T Shirts Spring 2015

How can your group help? Call Tanya Phillips at (239) 334-7007, x141


WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk Draws a Crowd!

More than 1,000 walkers came out to help the Harry Chapin Food Bank reach our goal. Thanks for helping our neighbors in need. There’s more to do, so please call 334-7007. You’ll be glad you did!

Capital Campaign Kicks off at Fort Myers and Naples Warehouses

The Food Bank’s Wish List

Can you help us obtain these speciality items? Hand pump jack: $500 Stainless steel tables: $550 AiroCide air purifier: $650 Air curtains (freezer door): $1,000 Hand electric pallet jack: $3,000 Bug screen and roll-up door: $3,000 Electric rider pallet jack: $5,000 Conveyor belt: $5,000

LoadHog modular dock bridge: $5,500 Electric walkie pallet jack: $7,000 Fold-down work platforms: $10,000 Air-powered dock leveler: $11,000 Lighting — office expansion: $15,000 4K Forklift (variable reach): $40,000 4K Forklift scale truck: $60,000

Contact: Miriam Pereira at (239) 334-7007, x127 5

(clockwise from top left) Guests at the Capital Campaign kick-off tour the Fort Myers warehouse. The mural created by Monique Olsen, chosen from a competition, will be used to illustrate the campaign. The warehouse is festooned for the reception in early February. Guests talk “hunger” at the campaign kick-off at the Food Bank’s Naples warehouse.

Remember the Harry Chapin Food Bank in your estate planning

Spring 2015

Pantry and Backpack Program Welcome Those in Need Englewood East Church of Christ opens its doors and its congregants open their hearts to fight hunger. Food pantry coordinator Fran Waldron was there when the “Handfuls of Purpose” pantry at the church started small in February 2009. It served about a dozen people

‘Tomorrow’s results are created by today’s dreamers.’

Many people dream of a hunger-free Southwest Florida. A good way to accomplish this is to designate the Harry Chapin Food Bank as the beneficiary of all or part of a retirement plan or life insurance policy. Learn more by contacting Kelli King at (239) 334-7007 x202.

one day each month — the third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. That schedule continues today, but now 65 to 75 families, including 180 to 200 adults, children and seniors, receive 1,699 pounds of food on average each month. That totals 23,599 pounds provided by the Harry Chapin Food Bank in 2014! Twice a month, the church places its food order with the Food Bank, which delivers on the first and third Thursdays to its partner agency. Each family gets two bags of groceries plus a bag of meat, as well as paper products, personal care items, laundry and dish detergent, and bread and pastries from Winn-Dixie. There’s also a “choose” table with unusual items that families may prefer. “The people at the Food Bank are wonderful to deal with,” Waldron said. The church’s efforts don’t stop there. Every Friday, backpacks with food for between 70 and 100 children are delivered to nearby Vineland Elementary School, coordinated by Tina Gionet. And if more than one child in a family needs help, additional food for siblings goes home in

Congregants at Englewood East Church of Christ not only are committed volunteers, but are very generous with food and money to help those in their community who face hunger.

those backpacks. “Our minister always says that when we started the pantry, it made a big difference in the church,” Waldron said. “Our church members are very generous and committed to the pantry. They donate food and money as well as volunteer their time. And we treat the people who come with respect, so they feel very welcomed.”



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