It was a perfect day for fighting hunger, and an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,000 people did just that Saturday morning, strolling under sunny skies to raise a preliminary $226,460 at the 12th annual WINK Feeds Families Hunger Walk.
The Hunger Walk, held at the Miromar Outlets in Estero, is Harry Chapin Food Bank’s signature fundraiser of the year.
“We’re overwhelmed by the community support and enthusiasm shown at our 2020 Hunger Walk,” said Richard LeBer, food bank president and CEO. “As usual, our community always shows us heart when the need is greatest.”
One in 8 people in Southwest Florida, including 1 in 5 children, are food insecure, which means they may not know where their next meal is coming from. The Walk supports food programs that feed children, families, seniors and others in need. These include the Care and Share: Senior Feeding Program, Harry’s Helpings, In-School Pantries, and Fulfill Mobile Pantries. The food bank also distributes food through its Partner Agency Program, a network of more than 150 partner agencies.
All funds from the Walk will stay in the five-county area that the food bank serves: Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.
The Walk is presented by Bill Smith Appliances & Electronics and the Copperleaf Charitable Foundation. We thank them and all of our other sponsors and supporters.