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  1. Enhancing Lives at The Café of Life with Music and Food

    “We are breaking the chain. I don’t want to see these kids standing in food lines when they are their parents age,” says Beverly Pierret about the music program at Café of Life in Bonita Springs. A longtime volunteer at the café Pierret, founded the music program two years ago and says it’s changing the …

  2. Food For Holiday Thought | Harry Chapin Food Bank

    If there are two themes that are central to the holidays they are food and giving. There is no other organization that embodies the two quite like the Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB.) Fighting Hunger The holidays are consistently one of the biggest times of the year for food-related charities like HCFB; second only to …

  3. Serving the Medical Needs of the Impoverished

    When Abelino Garcia fractured his wrist, the Urgent Care medical physician told him he would need surgery. That surgery was estimated to cost $15,000. His source of income is from contract work as a carpet installer. $15,000 is a bill Garcia could not even think of paying with their income level and on top of …

  4. Instilling Hope In Local Youth

    I could no longer sit idly by and watch the despair in our youth,” says Will Hutcherson, founder of Youth Leadership Collective. He formed the non-profit organization last year to partner with educators and parents in healing that despair and empowering teenagers. Stepping Out in Faith A former youth pastor with an executive position at Next …

  5. Education Offers Immokalee Students Endless Possibilities

    Getting an Education Four boys – Lucio, Sergio, Alex and Daniel – watched their father work long hours, oftentimes 12 hours a day, in the tomato fields of Immokalee while their mother worked as a school custodian. José and Maria Martinez earned enough to put a roof over their heads and food on the table, …

  6. Adopt a Family for the Holidays & Feed Them All Year Long

    Community Cooperative Food and gratitude are two of the things that keep many people and organizations running this time of year, including the Community Cooperative. Founded in 1984, last year the organization provided over a million pounds of food to those in need. CEO Tracey Galloway says, “Food is the primary driver of our organization …

  7. Helping Charities is Like Icing on the Cake for the Everblades

    Charity in the Community The Florida Everblades have been a thread in the fabric of Southwest Florida for more than twenty years. That thread is woven into the community in many ways, charity being a big one. During the 2017-18 season, the Everblades donated $252,850 to local charities, and have given nearly $1 million in …

  8. Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

    Looking for Help Houston, 86, hadn’t been to a food pantry in a long time. But now he needed help for himself and his disabled adult son who lived with him. His social security and the $45 a month he received in food stamps wasn’t able to cover his bills and buy groceries. That’s when …