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Southwest Florida Community Foundation Makes $100,000 Donation to Harry Chapin Food Bank

Southwest Florida Community Foundation Makes $100,000 Donation to Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida for its capital campaign. This contribution brings the campaign’s total to $3.1 million.

“It was an honor and privilege to present this gift to the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s capital campaign,” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the foundation. “Acting in the community’s trust, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation played an important role in nurturing funds intended to fight hunger in Southwest Florida given years ago through the foundation by donors of another nonprofit organization with a similar mission to fight hunger in Southwest Florida.”

With a goal of $5.1 million, the campaign aims to improve the food bank’s ability to acquire and distribute more nutritious, fresh food to children, working-poor families and others who struggle with hunger.

“It is a beautiful story with the best possible ending,” Owen said. “Because of some important wording in a fund agreement established by a group of dedicated hunger fighters involved in Wake Up America many years ago, the corpus of the original donation was able to be retained after the sale of the nonprofit’s property, once they decided to sunset their operations. The funds realized from the sale were put back out into the community, to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, to continue to do the good it was intended to do.”

Wake Up America closed its Fort Myers operations in 2013.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of 160 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly.

To make a donation to the capital campaign, visit or call 239- 334-7007.

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