Harry Chapin Food Bank maintains GuideStar Platinum Level

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida has once again achieved the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank earned the accolade because of its superior transparency, financial accountability, and impact. The food bank’s GuideStar profile includes in-depth financial information as well as qualitative information about its mission and goals.This information helps provide donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate the food bank.

GuideStar’s database provides information on about 2.7 million organizations. The Harry Chapin Food Bank’s profile can be accessed at www.GuideStar.org.

“We are dedicated to transparency and conveying our results in a clear and user-friendly manner,” said Richard LeBer, food bank president and CEO. “Our GuideStar Platinum profile shares a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s online audience, which includes donors, grantors, our peers, and the media.”

About the Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading hunger-relief organization in Southwest Florida. The food bank solicits, collects and stores food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties, providing food to about 28,000 people a week.

For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide $8 in food value. In fiscal year 2017-18, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 24 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.4 million pounds of fresh produce. The food, valued at $41.5 million, is the equivalent of 20 million meals for people in need. 

The Harry Chapin Food Bank is also recognized as a four-star organization by Charity Navigator, the national nonprofit watchdog organization. The food bank is also a United Way partner agency.  For more information or to make a donation, call (239) 334-7007 or visit harrychapinfoodbank.org.

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles

GuideStar gathers and disseminates information about every IRS-registered nonprofit organization, including the nonprofit’s mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, and governance. More than 9 million people visited GuideStar.org last year to learn more about nonprofit organizations. The GuideStar data is also shared by more than 200 partner sites and applications, including AmazonSmile, Facebook, Network for Good and major donor-advised funds.

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