Support the Harry Chapin Food Bank through Give Where You Live Collier online Feb. 20-Feb. 21

Harry Chapin Food Bank invites supporters to take part in Give Where You Live Collier on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 21. Your support will help the food bank in its mission to lead our community in the fight to end hunger.

Give Where You Live Collier is a 24-hour, online fundraising challenge from noon on Feb. 20 to 11:59 a.m. on Feb. 21. The event, held by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, will benefit nonprofits that serve the Collier community. The Harry Chapin Food Bank is among 40 nonprofits participating in this event.

The food bank provides food to those in need through a network of more than 150 agencies in Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and Lee Counties, with 35 of those agencies in Collier County. The food bank also has a Collier County Center at 3940 Prospect Ave. #101, in Naples, to provide expanded services to the area. You will be able to donate directly to the food bank online through www.GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org.

$500,000 Matching Fund

The Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation have partnered to create a $500,000 Matching Fund for Give Where You Live Collier. The match begins with a guaranteed match up to $2,500 for all participating nonprofit organizations that raise at least $2,500 from noon Feb. 20 to 11:59 a.m. Feb. 21.  After that, a proportionate share of the remaining match money is used towards any amount raised over $2,500. For more information about Give Where You Live Collier, please visit GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org.

About the Community Foundation of Collier County

The Community Foundation of Collier County is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization, established in 1985 to increase private philanthropy in Collier County. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County oversees more than 700 funds and manages over $170 million in assets. The Community Foundation has distributed more than $130 million in grants in its history. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at cfcollier.org or call 239-649-5000.

About the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, to give back to the communities where Dick and his family grew up — in Minnesota, where he built Best Buy to become the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer and in Florida, where he now maintains a permanent residence. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation creates grant partnerships with organizations that generate transformational results in human and social serviceseducation, and health and medicine.

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.

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