The face of hunger: who you’re helping at the WINK News Hunger Walk

Author: Mike Walcher
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LEE COUNTY, Fla.- An urgent call for help to feed the hungry in Southwest Florida. The WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk is just days away, and we’re still short of our fundraising goal of $315,000 for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Harry Chapin provides food for 150 pantries in five counties.

At the Suncoast Community Center, hundreds of people get food for their families every week.

“It seems to help us out quite a bit because right now, I’m filing for disability, and without them here, we’d likely starve, ” said Cheryl Gentry.

“I have six kids and it takes a lot to feed them,” said Elizabeth White.

“Once in a week I come here, because I have class to go to, and my grandparents need the food,” said Jose Hernandez.

The economy may be improving, but the food bank still needs more food for a growing population in the area. In 2014, for example, the Harry Chapin Food Bank gave out 11 percent more food than the year before.

The 7th annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk takes place at Miromar Outlets on January 17. For more information and to register, visit:

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