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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

2012 - 2013


We Couldn’t Do It Without You When people ask how the Harry Chapin Food Bank has been able to step up and increase our support fourfold since the recession hit, I tell them it is simply “food, friends and funds.” Last fiscal year, we distributed 16.6 million pounds of food, the equivalent of almost 14 million meals. Most of that food was donated by farmers, packers, grocers, wholesalers and manufacturers. Without the generosity of the food industry, many of the emergency food programs we serve would have had to turn away an untold number of families in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. Because of the industry’s generosity, those same families were able to access food when they needed it most. The friends I refer to are our volunteers. They donated almost 36,000 hours to the food bank. They sorted and packed food, worked at mobile pantries, helped us with special events and even provided sage advice. The volunteers who support us are truly community heroes. As to funds, we could not achieve our mission were it not for the generosity of the individuals, corporations and foundations entrusting us to use their gifts wisely and efficiently. Our supporters included young children who asked that their birthday gift be a donation to the food bank, and others who have chosen to support us with larger gifts, including bequests. Our budget last fiscal year was more than $4 million dollars, and we were able to take those funds and distribute $28 million in food. Without our financial donors, none of that would have been possible. Food, friends and funds are vitally important, but I would be remiss if I did not recognize the crucial role of our Board of Directors and staff. Our Board provides

Cover: Four year-old David was so excited to get some potatoes that he tried to carry them on his own. Realizing they were a little too heavy, a volunteer stepped in with a bag to help.


effective governance, and has developed and overseen our strategic plan goals. They make sure we remain focused on our mission. Our staff has done an amazing job acquiring and distributing food to so many of our neighbors in need. The staff and the Board are dedicated, caring and effective. That is a great combination for success. Without food, our neighbors in need cannot focus on learning, on staying healthy, on improving their lot in life. I met a veteran and his family, including three small children. He had returned from three tours of duty in the Middle East, and was injured while working. His family was facing tough times, and he told me what the food meant to them. I also met a single mom with two kids who, when seeing all the fresh produce we were distributing at a mobile pantry said, “Hey kids, we’re eating real food tonight!� Thanks to our food donors, our volunteers, our financial supporters and our dedicated Board and staff, those families and thousands of other families in similar circumstances were provided nutritious food to help them stay healthy and to focus on their other life challenges. S i n c e r e l y,

AlBrislain President and CEO


Our Mission Each day, our staff and volunteers strive to fulfill our mission: To o v e r c o m e h u n g e r i n C h a r l o t t e , C o l l i e r , G l a d es , H e n d r y a n d L e e co u n t i es t h ro u g h e d u ca t i o n a n d b y wo rk i n g i n a co o p e ra t i ve e f fo r t w i t h affiliated agencies in the procurement and distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination. distribution of food, equitably and without discrimination.


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 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that unemployment rates have improved, many of our clients continue to need support because they work in low-paying service industry positions or have part-time jobs. A 2010 survey released by Feeding America, our national affiliate, determined that our clients’ average annual income was $11,200. With limited incomes come limited choices. Our clients often have to choose between paying their rent or other bills and putting food on the table. Food is often sacrificed in this equation. As a result, we continue to provide additional food. In fiscal year 2012-2013 (FY 2012-13), we provided 16.6 million pounds of food, an 11 percent increase over FY 2011-12. The need for food becomes even more acute in the summer for three reasons: • First, with schools closed, students in need have one less source of meals. • Second, unemployment tends to increase because the seasonal job market contracts as part-time residents return north for the summer. • Third, our food resources become more limited. The regional growing season ends by the summer, and food donations in general tend to decline. As a result, the food that we do acquire costs significantly more to ship to our warehouses and to distribute to clients.


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 on your way to work each day. Our clients are children like 9-year-old Martha, whose family receives food through our mobile pantry program. As a landscaper, Martha’s father does not earn enough to cover all of the family’s living expenses. Sometimes, Martha confessed while she waited in line for food with her mother and baby brother, she gives her parents her small allowance so the family can buy food. “We don’t make enough to be able to feed our children,” Martha’s mother said before receiving bags of fresh vegetables, juice and meat that would help get them through another month. At 73, Estila lives on $710 in monthly Social Security payments that barely cover her rent and medicine. At one mobile pantry prepared for seniors last summer, she received three bags of fresh vegetables, chicken and cereal. She planned to repackage and freeze the food to get her through the next few weeks. “It’s a tremendous help,” she said of the food.

“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 (HCFB) client.


The Faces of Hunger In Southwest Florida “Hunger in America 2010” revealed that: •40 percent of our clients are children. • 1 0 p e r c e n t o f o u r c l i e n t s a r e s e n i o r s. • 41 percent of adults in Southwest Florida who receive emergency food have at least one household member who works, compared to 36 percent nationally and 33 percent statewide. • Partner agencies reported that, on average, 76 percent of the food they receive comes from HCFB. • 90 percent of the households served by emergency food pantries are headed by a grandparent(s) acting as the primary caregiver to a grandchild(ren). • 35 percent of adult pantry recipients do not have a high school diploma or GED. • 9 percent of adult pantry recipients have a college degree. • 43 percent of clients said their child/children skipped meals because there was not enough money for food at some point during the previous 12 months. • 38 percent of clients said their child/children was/ were hungry at least once during the previous 12 months, but their parents could not afford more food.

The next study, “Hunger In America 2014,” will be released later this year.


Where Our Food Comes From Food Sources

The majority of our food is donated by retailers (e.g., Publix, Walmart, Sweetbay, Target, Winn-Dixie), area growers, food drives 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 16.6 million pounds of food, or 1.6 million more pounds of food than in FY 2011-12. This distribution was the equivalent of 13.8 million meals and was valued at $27.6 million. •

Collier County: 2.4 million pounds

Charlotte County: 2 million pounds

Glades County: 196,000 pounds

Hendry County: 909,000 pounds

Lee County: 11.1 million pounds

Fresh Produce by County The amount of fresh produce HCFB distributes to clients continues to grow. Clients received 4.8 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in FY 2012-13. •

Collier County: 742,000 pounds

Charlotte County: 384,000 pounds

Glades County: 67,000 pounds

Hendry County: 345,000 pounds

Lee County: 3.3 million pounds

This winter, the food bank was accredited for a third consecutive year by the American Institute of Baking (AIB), the gold standard for food safety.


A single mobile pantry can distribute food to about 300 families.

Mobile Pantries The mobile pantry program continues to be one of the most efficient ways for us to distribute fresh, nutritious food to clients. Clients received 2.7 million pounds of food, or about 2.3 million meals, through almost 300 distributions. Among the groups we worked with to organize these mobile pantries were the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee and the Naples Children & Education Foundation, the founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival.


Funding

Revenue and Support: Food Contributions: $23,379,564 Government Programs: $352,150 Grants and Donations: $2,192,454 United Way: $221,581 Special Events and Fundraising: $1,569,109 Other Revenue: $949,235 Total Revenue and Support: $28,664,093

Expenses: Program Services: $27,645,443 Supporting Services: $703,563 Increase (Decrease) in net assets: $240,119

Net Assets: July 1, 2012: $5,049,584 June 30, 2013: $5,289,703

Charity Navigator has given HCFB 4 stars—the watchdog group’s highest rating—for cost-effectiveness and efficiency. Financial Statements Year Ended June 30, 2013: http://www.harrychapinfoodbank.org/Media/Default/Files/Financial/HCFBAudit2013.pdf


Why You Help $0.97 of every $1 raised serve clients in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties. For Diane and Erik Hoffer, giving back to their community is the right thing to do. And funding their donations through a family foundation, with assistance from Erik’s daughter Kelly, greatly facilitates the process. These efforts began during Erik’s service in Vietnam, when he watched the despair of children as they rummaged through garbage for food. He gave them whatever he could. “If you don’t eat,” he said, “you can’t think.” The idea of hunger triggered the Hoffers to turn to the Harry Chapin Food Bank after their move from New Jersey to Charlotte County. They learned how effective and organized the Food Bank is, with its dedicated and motivated staff. “Our donations to the Food Bank go much farther than if we work on our own,” said Diane. That’s because such a high percentage of the Food Bank’s donations go directly to its mission. Families, children and seniors are “actually getting fresh fruits and vegetables, which contribute to good health,” she added. While donating to their local community is paramount, the Hoffers extend their giving far beyond our borders. When they travel around the world, especially in developing countries, they bring 40 pounds of school supplies, reading glasses and other educational “stuff.” They are equally passionate about their work rescuing German Shepherds. “When you give, you have a positive effect on others in your lifetime,” Erik emphasized. “Whether they know it or not, it makes you feel really good to help!”


What Your Money Does For every $1 donation, HCFB can provide $6 in food value.


Fundraising Highlights Our fundraising efforts were pivotal to our program accomplishments. We reached milestones at two of our special events. Because of our community’s generosity, we raised $343,865 at the WINK News Feeds Families 5th Annual Hunger Walk at Miromar Outlets. About 1,000 people participated in the January event.


Supporters also raised $50,729 at Empty Bowls Naples.


Our Volunteers We could not have had a successful year without our volunteers. Consider how they invested their time and talents in FY 2012-13: •

2,680 of them volunteered.

Collectively, they provided 35,600 hours of their time.

Their time equaled $783,000 of in-kind service.

“While we have a lot of fun sorting food with a great crew, it’s a chance to help so many people who, through no fault of their own, can use a hand right now.” HCFB volunteer Janice Williams


Board of Directors as of June 2013 Noelle Melanson

Board Chair, Melanson Law PA

Ray Pavelka

Vice Chairperson, Mariner Properties Development

Craig Folk

Board Treasurer, Miller, Helms & Folk, PA

Dr. Brian Schwartz

Secretary, Director of Medical Affairs, 21st Century Oncology

Aida Barnhart

Director of Housing, Hendry County

Rabbi Jeremy Barras Temple Beth El

John D. Belisle

Rev. Stephanie Munz Campbell Executive Director, Grace Place for Children and Families

David Fry Developer

Maura Matzko Kenneth O’Donnell Executive VP, Busey Bank

Kristina Rodriguez Anne Rose

VP, Revenue Cycle Lee Memorial Health System

Laura W. Worzella

VP, BB&T-Oswald Trippe & Company

Gulf South Community Bank President, Wells Fargo

Jo Anna Bradshaw

Marianne Zuk

General Counsel for Collier Family Office, Inc.

Outgoing Board of Director members (FY 2012-13) Karen Pati

Alexander “Sandy” Robinson

P. Keith Scoggins, Jr.


Our Partner Agencies LEE COUNTY BONITA SPRINGS ASSISTANCE OFFICE, INC CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF BONITA SPRINGS JUAN DIEGO CENTER SALVATION ARMY BONITA SPRINGS ST. MATTHEW’S HOUSE THRIFT STORE LIBERTY YOUTH RANCH CAPE CORAL BOOTSTRAP MINISTRY, INC CAPE CORAL ASSEMBLY OF GOD CAPE CORAL CARING CENTER CAPE CORAL COMMUNITY COOPERATIVE MINISTRIES, INC. FAITH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH/WE CARE LIFELINE FAMILY CENTER NEXTEP, INC. NORTH NICOLAS HIGH SCHOOL VINEYARD COMMUNITY CHURCH ABUNDANT GRACE FELLOWSHIP ACT SHELTER AFCAAM AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM ANN’S RESTORATION HOUSE BLESSED POPE JOHN CATHOLIC CHURCH BROADWAY CHURCH OF GOD CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF FORT MYERS-EKG CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH COMMUNITY COOPERATIVE MINISTRIES, INC. COMMUNITY COOPERATIVE MINISTRIESEAST CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL DANIELS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH EBEN-EZER BAPTIST CHURCH FAITH FELLOWSHIP FOOD PANTRY FIRST ASSEMBLY CORNERSTONE FIRST ASSEMBLY MINISTRIES FLORIDA BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIV CAMPUS FOOD PANTRY FORT MYERS YMCA FT MYERS CHRISTIAN CENTER FT. MYERS RESCUE MISSION

FT. MYERS SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH FT. MYERS SPANISH SDA CHURCH HARLEM HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, INC. HEALTHY START OF SWFL HOPE CLUB HOUSE HOUSE OF PRAYER IV INTERFAITH CAREGIVERS INC. ISLAND COAST AIDS NETWORK JEWISH FEDERATION JUNIOR LEAGUE OF FORT MYERS MCGREGOR BAPTIST PANTRY MORNINGSTAR BAPTIST CHURCH NATIONS ASSOCIATION NEW LIFE DREAM CENTER PAGE PARK IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION PENIEL SDA CHURCH PINE MANOR IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION PRESBYTERIAN APTS QUALITY LIFE CENTER OF SWFL REDEEMER HAITIAN BAPTIST CHURCH OF FORT MYERS S. FT. MYERS FOOD PANTRY COALITION SALVATION ARMY S/S-FORT MYERS SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CENTERS, INC ST. MARK COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH ST. VINCENT de PAUL CHURCH ST. VINCENT de PAUL-GRAND AVE SVDP CHURCH-MANATEE ELEM THE HEIGHTS FOUNDATION TICE UNITED METHODIST PANTRY WE CARE OUTREACH CENTER, INC. HEALTHY CHOICE MINISTRIES WORD OF LIFE CHURCH FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF FT. MYERS BEACH FT MYERS SHORES SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH FCCC-HARNS MARSH ELEMENTARY FIRST COMMUNITY CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH LEHIGH ACRES CHRISTIAN CHURCH LEHIGH COMMUNITY SERVICES

LEHIGH SDA CHURCH NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD PANTRY OUR DAILY BREAD FAMILY FEEDING SVDP-TORTUGA PRESERVE ELEMENTARY ALL SOULS EPISCOPAL CHURCH PANTRY GRACE COMMUNITY CENTER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF LEE CO, INC. K-9 SEARCH & RESCUE OF SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. PENTECOSTAL NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH SUNCOAST NEIGHBORHOOD TASKFORCE, INC THE FOUNDATION FOR LEE CO. PUBLIC SCHOOLS F.I.S.H. OF SANIBEL HELPING PAWS ANIMAL SANCTUARY EVERGLADES COMMUNITY CHURCH

COLLIER COUNTY AMIGOS CENTER FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF IMMOKALEE, INC, CASA MARIA SOUP KITCHEN GUADALUPE SOCIAL SERVICES IMMOKALEE MULTICULTURAL MULTIPURPOSE COMMUNITY CENTER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IMMOKALEE DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER/COLLIER HOUSING BABY BASICS OF COLLIER COUNTY FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER/CATHOLIC CHARITIES COLLIER GRACE PLACE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, INC HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF COLLIER CO, INC. HELPS OUTREACH VANDERBILT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

“I’m so impressed with the work of the Food Bank. Particularly during the recession, I saw them expand what they have to offer—especially fresh foods—and work closely with partner agencies so each could do their job better.” Rev. Stephanie Munz Campbell, founder and executive director of Grace Place for Children and Families, HCFB board member


JEWISH FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES OF SW FL N. NAPLES UNITED METHODIST @ AVISP NAMI OF COLLIER CO, INC NCEF MIKE DAVIS ELEM SCHOOL PANTRY NEW HOPE MINISTRIES RENEW-FIRST ASSEMBLIES MINISTRIES SALVATION ARMY S/S-NAPLES ST. MATTHEW’S HOUSE ST. VINCENT de PAUL-NAPLES TREE OF LIFE CHURCH INTEGRITY CHURCH NAPLES

CHARLOTTE COUNTY AMIKIDS CROSSROADS INC. C.H.A.P.S., INC CHARLOTTE COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION CHARLOTTE CO. PUBLIC SCHOOLS HOMELESS EDUCATION PROGRAM SCHOOL PANTRY COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER, INC. COOPER ST. RECREATION CENTER DISCIPLESHIP DRIVEN MINISTRIES, INC. EBENEZER FOOD PANTRY EDGEWATER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ENGLEWOOD EAST CHURCH OF CHRIST FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH/HORN OF PLENTY FIRST MACEDONA CHURCH GOD’S PRECIOUS GIFTS, INC. FRIENDSHIP UNITED METHODIST CHURCH HOLY TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH JESUS LOVES YOU MINISTRY, INC. MISSION UNITY, INC OCTAGON WILD LIFE SANCTUARY PORT CHARLOTTE CHURCH OF CHRIST SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST COMM. SERVICES ST. FRANCIS ASSISI ST. VINCENT de PAUL-PORT CHARLOTTE ST. VINCENT de PAUL-PUNTA GORDA ST. VINCENT de PAUL-ST MAXIMILIAN SVDP-SAN ANTONIO CONFERENCE TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH OF PUNTA GORDA TRINITY UNITED METH. CHURCH

HENDRY COUNTY ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER PANTRY ORTONA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION POINT OF LIGHT FELLOWSHIP

GLADES COUNTY CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF HENDRY/GLADES CLEWISTON SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH COMPASSION AVENUE, INC. HARVEST ACADEMY IGLESIA BAUTISTA NUEVO TESTAMENTO IGLESIA VIDA NUEVA.TV/NEW LIFE.TV CHURCH SALVATION ARMY SERVICE UNIT-CLEWISTON SALVATION ARMY UNIT OF LABELLE


Thank You On behalf of the 30,000 people who benefit each month from your generosity, thank you for supporting the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Because of you, our region’s at-risk children, seniors and families can receive healthy, nutritious food when they most need it. Again, thank you for all you do to fight hunger and feed hope!


Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Inc. 3760 Fowler Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901 2221 Corporation Blvd. Naples, Florida 34109 Office: (239) 334-7007 Fax: (239) 334-1399 Email: fighthunger@harrychapinfoodbank.org

Harry Chapin Food Bank 2012-2013 Impact Report