The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida is a non-profitable organization which is also known as the Lee County Food Cooperative. The main responsibility of the organization was to distribute many food products that were held by the federal government to all families and individuals in need. Their mission was to overcome hunger throughout the counties of Southwest Florida. Throughout this essay I will get more into debt about the history and people behind this organization, the functions, and how people can join and help others through this voluntary work. In the late 1970’s was when hunger started becoming an issue in the United States. The man behind all this work was Harry Chapin himself. Harry was best known as a folk or rock performer, and it was with the raised money from his performances that he helped to fight against all the huger issues. The fight against hunger became his cause and passion. He went through a lot of effort and time to try to convince people from the congress and the staff to help proceed to solutions to solve the problem of hunger. In New York was where he first established a hotline to the fight against hunger.
Unfortunately Chapin died in a car accident at the age of 39 in the year 1981 the night he was scheduled to do another benefit concert. A couple years later he was very well deserved the award the Special Congressional Gold Medal for his numerous efforts against the fight of hunger. In the late 1980’s the food bank had grown so much it was in need of a new facility. By this time the food bank became one of the exclusive distributors for USDA and FEMA in Southwest Florida. They became supported by many events like the Publix Holiday Food Drive and many other well-known food drives, and also got access to donated food from places outside the state of Florida. 1994 became a very important year for the Food Bank with the support of many foundations many private as well as corporate donations made it possible to buy a meat processing plant in Fort Myers and became the new home for them. During the year the name of Harry Chapin was honored and added to the name of the food bank. Even to this day the Harry Chapman Food Bank continues to grow and expand helping the needs of all the people fighting hunger battles in Southwest Florida.
The food bank helps provide food to over 30,000 people each month. Statistics show that that the food has helped distribute 12.5 million pounds of food, with a value of over 20 million dollars to many Floridians in need. In December of 2008 this organization leased a new warehouse that is set to provide for a future expansion and food distribution for the effort of meeting the needs of all these families and individuals. Since the move to this new location they have been able to help more than 108% of the individuals they were helping. This food bank wouldn’t be able to be made possible if it wasn’t for all the volunteers and workers that day to day make this all happen and keep the organization going.
Anyone interested in volunteering can access the main directors online over email or over the phone, all the information is located on the food banks page; www.harrychapinfoodbank.org One person can make so much change and help so much to less unfortunate anyone just like Harry Chapin can make their voice be heard and be the light to all those that need support and help. The Harry Chapin Food Bank is an organization that has been providing help to fight against hunger over the years. The food bank has grown tremendously thanks to its main sponsor Mr. Harry Chapin. Thanks to all his determination and work to defeat hunger the food bank is able to help thousands of people in Southwest Florida. This organization is a little light of hope to all the unfortunates out there. To this day this organization keeps growing with all the support of all the volunteers and helpers.
“Welcome to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.” Harry Chapin Food Bank -. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Sept. 2012.