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I M PA C T R E P O R T Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Inc.

Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope

2013 - 2014


Design: Sam Kelly

Volunteers Kent and Jim work together at a mobile pantry.

Cover: Elizabeth watches in delight as her father is handed fresh strawberries from our mobile pantry distribution.


Table of Contents 4 Dear Friends 7 Our Mission 8 Why We Are Needed 10 Our Clients 12 The Faces of Hunger in SWFL 13 Where Our Food Comes From 14 Service Highlights 17 Our Partners 18 20 22 23 24

Charlotte Collier Glades Hendry Lee

28 Mobile Pantries 30 Funding 31 How Donations Are Used 32 Why We Give 33 How You Help 34 Our Year In Review 36 Our Impact 37 Board of Directors


Dear Friends, There are days when we at the Harry Chapin Food Bank are optimistic. Those are the days when we see the faces of the families at mobile pantries--so grateful to receive good, nutritious food for themselves and their children. Those are the days when we receive truckloads of food from generous grocers. Those are the days when loads of fresh fruits and vegetables arrive from Florida farms: corn, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, melons and other produce too numerous to mention. Those are the days when we are humbled by the generous financial support we receive, often unsolicited, from our neighbors to feed their neighbors. Those are the days when we take a moment to reflect and to appreciate our thousands of volunteers, our scores of partner agencies, our dedicated board of directors and our amazing staff. Unfortunately, there are other days when we are cloaked in pessimism. Those are the days when we see the stark need in the eyes of children. Those are the days when we hear the frustrations of parents who have returned to work, but all too often cannot make ends meet after paying their bills.

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Those are the days when the sheer number of people in need seems too daunting and the gap between what we are able to do and what we need to do to end hunger in our community seems too wide to overcome. At a recent Harry Chapin Food Bank mobile pantry, I talked to a client who lost his job due to an accident. His wife and three children faced very tough times. However, he told me the food he received that day would make a “world of difference.� We serve more than 30,000 people a month, and each has a story. Despite our occasional negativity, we know we cannot abandon our efforts. Too many in situations similar to that of the man I met in the mobile pantry line rely on the Harry Chapin Food Bank for sustenance, for renewal and for their ability to make it through tough times. We will persevere as long as there are so many willing to give their time, their financial support, their food, and their hearts to help feed Southwest Florida families in need. The community’s tenacious support of our efforts bolsters our optimism and overcomes our pessimism. For that, we thank you. Sincerely,

Al Brislain President and CEO


Ansel, age 3


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.

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Why We Are Needed We are the only food bank serving Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. We help feed at least 30,000 people a month through a 150 partner-agency network.

Although experts say the economy is improving, many of our clients continue to need support because they work in low-paying service industry positions or have part-time jobs. About 72 percent of our clients earn $20,000 or less a year, according to the Feeding America study “Hunger in America 2014.” Our clients, like 54-year-old James, often have to choose between paying their rent or other bills and putting food on the table. James and his family have received food at Grace Place for Children and Families, one of our 150 partner agencies. “When I do get hungry, I know the kids are hungry …. I do whatever (I can) until the food bank comes through,” said James, a laborer who lives in Collier County. “It’s a blessing that the food bank comes here.” In fiscal year 2014, we provided 18.7 million pounds of food, a 12.65 percent increase over FY 2013. This was the equivalent of almost 15.6 million meals with an estimated value of $32 million.

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Our Clients Our clients are people you would not think struggle to put food on the table. They are our neighbors, our coworkers, the little boy in your child’s classroom and the older couple you see at the bus stop outside your gated community. Our clients include children like Adrian, 7, and her younger brother Daniel, both of whom received food through our mobile pantry program. Their mother is a part-time records clerk, while their father works full-time at a hardware store assembling appliances. But times can be lean. Sometimes, Daniel said, he skips breakfast because there’s no food at home. “It makes me feel bad,” the 6-year-old explained. “It makes me feel hungry, and being hungry feels weird.” Sometimes, Daniel has to wait until midday at school to get his first meal of the day. “When I eat lunch, it helps me with school.” The food Adrian and Daniel received at our mobile pantries helped their family get by. Daniel’s favorite foods at these pantries are fresh oranges and cereal. His sister realized how vital the food they received was to them. “Food is very important,” said Adrian, who dreams of becoming a nurse one day. “It’s just as important as sleep.” When she’s hungry, she said, her “stomach feels weird, but amazing when I get to eat.”

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“Without the healthy food my family receives, we simply would not be able to feed our children each week. With that food, combined with what my husband’s work brings us, we can keep our children healthy and so they are doing well in school.” Marianne, a Harry Chapin Food Bank client.


The Faces of Hunger In SWFL “Hunger in America 2014” revealed that of the client households surveyed: • 87 percent are food insecure, or do not always know where their next meal will come from. • 32 percent stated at least one member having diabetes. • 62 percent reported at least one member suffering from high blood pressure. • 75 percent described having to choose between paying for food and medicine or medical care at least once in the past year. • 79 percent disclosed having to choose between paying for utilities and food in the past year. • 56 percent have one member who had worked in the past year. • 68 percent stated taking such steps as eating food past its expiration date, growing food in a garden, selling or pawning personal property, and watering down food or drinks.

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Where Our Food Comes From Food Sources _

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_ Donated

_ __

89.7%

_ Government _ _ __

__ _______ Purchased

7.85% 2.45%

The majority of our food is donated by retailers (e.g., Publix, Walmart, Target, Winn-Dixie), area growers, food drives, the Florida Association of Food Banks and Feeding America. We also purchase food, while the government supplies us with food through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).


Service Highlights Growing Distribution We provided almost 13 percent more food to our neighbors in need in FY 2014 compared to the previous fiscal year. This food was valued at $32 million. •

Charlotte County: 2.2 million pounds (2013: 2 million pounds)

Collier County: 2.9 million pounds (2013: 2.4 million pounds)

FY13-14 18,700,000 lbs.

Glades County: 319,000 pounds (2013: 196,000 pounds)

FY12-13 16,600,000 lbs.

Hendry County: 834,000 (2013: 909,000 pounds)

Lee County: 12.5 million pounds

FY13-14 15,583,333 meal equivalents FY12-13 13,833,333 meal equivalents

TOTAL DISTRIBUTION

(2013: 11.1 million pounds)

The food bank was accredited for a fourth consecutive year by the American Institute of Baking (AIB), the gold standard for food safety. 14

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Shailyn Rose, age 2


Service Highlights Fresh Produce by County The amount of fresh fruits and vegetables HCFB distributes to clients continues to grow. Our top five produce items were potatoes, melons, cabbage, tomatoes and peppers. •

Charlotte County: 616,000 pounds

(2013: 384,000 pounds of fresh produce) •

Collier County: 1,000,000 pounds

(2013: 742,000 pounds of fresh produce) •

Glades County: 162,000 pounds

(2013: 67,000 pounds of fresh produce) •

Hendry County: 370,000 pounds

(2013: 345,000 pounds of resh produce) •

Lee County: 3.8 million pounds

(2013: 3.3 million pound of fresh produce)


Our Partners Approximately

70,000 pounds of food are distributed

each week day through our network of

150 nonprofit partner agencies

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Backpack Children (Youth) Day Program Group Home

Meal Program Multiservice Other (Senior, Rehab, Home) Pantry Pantry-Mobile

Pet Shelter School Soup Kitchen

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Charlotte County

2,000,000 lbs.-

1,500,000 lbs.-

1,000,000 lbs.-

500,000 lbs.__

FY13-14 FY12-13 616,000 lbs. 384,000 lbs. FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION 18

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FY13-14 FY12-13 2,200,000 lbs. 2,000,000 lbs. TOTAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

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Charlotte County Partner Agencies

Baker Center School Pantry C.H.A.P.S., INC Charlotte County Homeless Coalition Charlotte County Public Schools Homeless Education Program School Pantry Community Resource Center St. Francis of Assisi Cooper Street Recreation Center St. Vincent de Paul - Port Charlotte Discipleship Driven Ministries, Inc. St. Vincent de Paul - Punta Gorda Ebenezer Food Pantry Edgewater United Methodist Church St. Vincent de Paul - Saint Maximilian St. Vincent de Paul - San Antonio Conference Englewood East Church of Christ Trinity Baptist Church of Punta Gorda First Baptist Church/Horn of Plenty Trinity United Methodist Church First Macedonia Volunteers of America: Friendship United Methodist Church Punta Gorda Vertans Village Gods Precious Gifts, Inc. Yah Yah Girls, Inc. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Jesus Loves You Ministry, Inc. Octagon Wild Life Port Charlotte Church of Christ Port Charlotte Middle School Punta Gorda Middle School Seventh-Day Adventist Community Services

Alida’s Story Alida with Allison, 1, Jorge, 4, and Alejandra, 3

Hunger overshadows the lives of those the food bank serves. They put aside their pride and fear of asking for help and wait in line in the summer’s heat or the winter’s cold hours before a mobile pantry begins. That’s how much the food means to them. That’s how bare their cupboards are and how hungry their families are.


Collier County 3,000,000 lbs.2,500,000 lbs.-

2,000,000 lbs.-

1,500,000 lbs.-

1,000,000 lbs.-

500,000 lbs.__

FY13-14 FY12-13 1,000,000 lbs. 742,000 lbs. FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION

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FY13-14 FY12-13 2,900,000 lbs. 2,400,000 lbs. TOTAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

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Amigos Center Bethel Assembly of God Casa Maria Soup Kitchen David Lawrence Center/Collier Housing Everglades Community Church Family Resource Center/Catholic Charities First United Methodist Church of Immokalee, Inc. Grace Place for Children & Families, Inc. Guadalupe Social Services Habitat for Humanity - Immokalee Habitat for Humanity - Naples Helps Outreach Immokalee Multicultural Multipurpose Community Integrity Church Naples

Collier County Partner Agencies Jewish Family & Community Services of SW FL Mission Peniel NAMI of Collier Co., Inc. NCEF Mike Davis Elementry School Pantry New Hope Ministries North Naples United Methodist @ AVISP Renew-First Assemblies Ministries Salvation Army Social Services - Naples Shy Wolf Sanctuary St. Matthew’s House St. Vincent de Paul - Naples Tree of Life Church Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church

Alida’s Story

One Saturday last May, we distributed our 100-millionth pound of food. Mothers and their children, grandparents, and middle-aged couples walked through the line, appreciative of what they received: fresh sweet corn, freckled pinto beans and enough chicken for a hearty dinner.


Glades County

Glades County Partner Agencies Ortona Community Association Point of Light Fellowship St. Joseph the Worker

3,000,000 lbs.-

200,000 lbs.-

100,000 lbs.__

FY13-14 FY12-13 162,000 lbs. 67,000 lbs. FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION

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FY13-14 FY12-13 319,000 lbs. 196,000 lbs. TOTAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

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Hendry County

Hendry County Partner Agencies Catholic Charities of Hendry/Glades Clewiston Seventh-Day Adventist Church Compassion Avenue, Inc. Hendry/Glades Mental Health Clinic, Inc. Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Testamento Iglesia Vida Nueva.TV/New Life.TV Church Salvation Army Service Unit of Clewiston Salvation Army Service Unit of LaBelle

9,000,000 lbs.-

600,000 lbs.-

300,000 lbs.__

FY13-14 FY12-13 370,000 lbs. 345,000 lbs. FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION

FY13-14 FY12-13 834,000 lbs. 909,000 lbs. TOTAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Alida’s Story

“Sopita,” said 4-year-old Jorge in Spanish, plucking a can of soup from his mother’s shopping bag like a toy tucked in a Christmas stocking. Jorge came to the mobile pantry with his mom, Alida, and two sisters, Alejandra, 3, and Allison, 1. A single mother, Alida is her children’s sole lifeline. Wages from her job stocking shelves at a clothing store barely cover the rent and child care, she explained. She said that looking into an empty refrigerator, knowing that she couldn’t feed her children, was overwhelming.


Lee County 14,000,000 lbs.-

10,500,000 lbs.-

7,000,000 lbs.3,500,000 lbs.__

FY13-14 FY13-14 FY12-13 FY12-13 3,800,000 lbs. 3,300,000 lbs. 12,500,000 lbs. 11,100,000 lbs. FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION TOTAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Alida’s Story

This food, she said, was a godsend because her family would have enough to eat for the next few days, maybe the next few weeks.

“As long as my children have something to eat,” Alida said, “that’s plenty for me.”


Lee County Partner Agencies

Abundant Grace Fellowship Act Shelter Adventist Community Service Cape Coral AFCAAM After School Program AHF/Island Coast AIDS Network All Souls Episcopal Pantry Alva United Methodist Community Service Cape Coral Animal Refuge Center, Inc. Ann’s Restoration House Beacon of Hope Bonita Springs Assistance Office, Inc. Bootsrap Ministry, Inc. Broadway Church of God Cape Coral Assembly of God Cape Coral Caring Center Carl-Con Group Home Catholic Charities of Bonita Springs Catholic Charities of Fort Myers - EKG Central Baptist Church Charleston Park Neighborhood Association Children’s Advocacy Center Christ Community Church Community Church of Alva, Inc. Community Cooperative Community Cooperative: Cape Coral Coronado High School Daniels Road Baptist Church EBEN-EBEZ Baptist Church

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F.I.S.H. of Sanibel Faith Fellowship Food Pantry Faith Presbyterian Church/We Care FCCC-Harns Marsh Elementary First Assembly Cornerstone First Assembly Ministries First Baptist Church of Ft. Myers Beach First Community Congregational Church Florida Baptist Children’s Home Florida Gulf Coast University Campus Food Pantry Fort Myers Christian Outreach Center Fort Myers Rescue Mission Fort Myers Seventh-Day Adventist Church Fort Myers Shores Seventh-Day Adventist Church Fort Myers Spanish SDA Church Fort Myers Y.M.C.A. God’s Table, Inc. Grace Community Grace United Methodist Church Habitat for Humanity of Lee County, Inc. Harlem Heights Improvement Association Harvest Field Church Healthy Start of SWFL Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary Hope Club House House of Prayer IV Interfaith Charities of South Lee Island Coast Aids Network Jewish Federation Juan Diego Center K-9 Search & Rescue of South Florida, Inc. Lehigh Acres Christian Church Lehigh Community Services Lehigh Seventh-Day Adventist Church Liberty Youth Ranch Lifeline Family Center

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McGregor Baptist Pantry Morningstar Baptist Church Nations Association Nature’s Cove, Inc. New Life Assembly of God Pantry Nexstep, Inc. North Nicolas High School Oasis Community Food Pantry Our Mother’s Home Outreach Center, Inc./Healthy Choice Ministries Page Park Improvement Association Peniel Seventh-Day Adventist Church Pine Island Food Pantry Pine Island Methodist Church Pine Manor Improvement Association Presbyterian Apartments Quality LIfe Center of SWFL Redeemer Haitian Baptist Church of Fort Myers Salvation Army of Bonita Springs Salvation Army Social Services Fort Myers Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. South Fort Myers Food Pantry Coalition St. John XXIII Catholic Church St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church St. Matthew’s House Thrift Store St. Vincent de Paul Church St. Vincent de Paul Church - Manatee Elementary St. Vincent de Paul - Grand Ave. St. Vincent de Paul - Our Lady of Light St. Vincent de Paul – Tortuga Preserve Elementary Suncoast Neighborhood Taskforce, Inc. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools The Heights Foundation Tice United Methodist Pantry Vineyard Community Church - Cape Coral

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“Working-class families struggle every day to put food on the table and often have to choose between food and paying their light bill. More often than not, the light bill wins out. Through our partnership with the

Harry Chapin Food Bank

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we help eradicate this problem from providing nutritious meals to those that simply cannot afford to eat and pay their bills.�

- Marjorie Kasell-Johnson, Executive Director, Bonita Assistance Office


Mobile Pantries The mobile pantry program continues to be one of the most efficient ways for us to distribute fresh, nutritious food to clients. Over the summer, we distributed our 100 millionth pound of food at a mobile pantry in Bonita Springs. All told, clients received 3.3 million pounds of food, or about 2.75 million meals, through more than 300 mobile pantry distributions. Among the groups we worked with to organize these mobile pantries were the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, Walmart and The Mosaic Company.

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Jennifer, age 9


Funding Revenue and Expenses* Revenue Food Contributions Government Programs Grants and Donations United Way Special Events and Fundraising Programs Other Revenue

$26,811,021.00 $403,324.00 $2,567,264.00 $232,585.00 $1,607,579.00 $679,636.00 $13,836.00

Total

$32,315,245.00

Expenses Program Services Supporting Services

$31,148,681.00 $840,168.00

Total

$31,988,849.00

*HCFB audited financial statements years ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 http://harrychapinfoodbank.org/Media/Default/Files/Financial/HCFBAudit2014.pdf

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How Donations Are Used

Feeding Programs

__

__

_

$1 = 3 meals ($6 worth of food)

__

__ _ _ _ _________

97.37%

Administrative Expenses Fundraising

0.79%

1.83%

Charity Navigator has given HCFB 4 stars—the watchdog group’s highest rating—for cost-effectiveness and efficiency.


Why We Give Finding a cause you are passionate about is the first step in being philanthropic. Making the decision to contribute to a nonprofit organization whose mission is one you believe in and one that supports the cause you are passionate about is the next step. The final and probably the most important step is identifying an organization that stays true to its mission statement while remaining ethically and fiscally responsible, and genuinely caring for those they serve. The Harry Chapin Food Bank exemplifies these values and more. Nothing has been as rewarding as helping meet the most basic of all human needs: providing food to those who are not always able to do so for themselves. By creating a legacy gift, we will continue to make a difference and have an impact for many years to come. Leaving a bequest to the Harry Chapin Food Bank was an easy process. We are confident that our gift will continue to feed our neighbors in need in the future. Leaving the food bank in our will makes a statement about what we were passionate about and what we valued. Having made this decision now will give our family the insight they need to carry on our legacy of giving to the food bank. -- Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, President, Florida Gulf Coast University, and Jo Anna Bradshaw, former Board Chair and Board Member, Harry Chapin Food Bank

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How You Help We could not have had a successful year without our volunteers. Consider how they invested their time and talents in FY 2014:

Charlotte Glades

Lee Hendry

• More than 4,200 of them volunteered • Collectively, they provided 50,200 hours of their time. • Their time equaled $1,132,000 of in-kind service. (Independent

Collier

Sector values volunteer hours at $22.55 per hour nationally.)

“I like vegetables because they are healthy. It’s yummy in my tummy.” -Alejandro, kindergartner, Avalon Elementary School. The Collier County school operates a pantry for its students and their families.


Our Year In Review July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

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LeeTran Fill Our Fleet

WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk

The 6th Annual event was held on September 21, 2014 and collected 166,399 lbs. of food.

The 2014 Hunger Walk, held on January 18, 2014, raised $300,000.

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Empty Bowls: Naples Held at Cambier Park on January 25, 2014, the event raised more than $60,000.


NALC Food Drive

Taste of Boca Grande The 2014 event raised $46,000, and guests were entertained by The Steve Chapin Band.

Thanks to the National Association of Letter Carriers and numerous volunteers, the 2014 food drive brought in 366,067 pounds.

Our 100th Million Pound On Saturday, May 3, 2014, the food bank distributed its 100th million pound at a mobile pantry in Bonita Springs.


Our Impact Our Stats

Millions of meals

18,700,00 pounds distribtuted

15,583,333 meals

Thousands of families and children

Numerous community partners

& YOU!

5-county service area

150 non-profit partner agency network

Our fleet of 14 trucks traveled 271,571 miles for our hunger-relief efforts.


Board of Directors

Rev. Stephanie Munz Campbell

Noelle Melanson, Board Chair David Fry Ray Pavelka, Vice Chair Maura Matzko Craig Folk, Treasurer Kenneth O’Donnell Dr. Brian Schwartz, Secretary Kristina Rodriguez Aida Barnhart Anne Rose Rabbi Jeremy Barras Marianne R.P. Zuk John D. Belisle

Jo Anna Bradshaw

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Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Email: fighthunger@harrychapinfoodbank.org 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers, Florida 33901 2221 Corporation Blvd., Naples, Florida 34109 Office: (239) 334-7007 Fax: (239) 334-1399

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