March to a Million Meals: Why your dollar matters

Reporter: Lois Thome
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You have hundreds of choices when donating to charitable causes in Southwest Florida, so why should you give your money to March to a Million Meals? One reason; the Harry Chapin Food Bank can stretch your dollar to feed more people.

The hunger problem is significant in Southwest Florida. You can see lines every day at food distribution sites.

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But why should you trust Harry Chapin with your donated dollar? It has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest score a charity can receive based on its impact and transparency in how it spends its money.

It has built relationships with farmers and food producers who donate excess produce to the food bank or sell it to them at a reduced cost.

Then, there are grocers like Publix, who donate food they don’t want to sell anymore.

Your donated dollar might gas this truck to pick it up and get it into the hands of hungry families.

There are also loyal volunteers. More than 4,000 volunteers save the foodbank more than $2 million yearly in direct labor costs, making your donated dollar stretch even further.

When you donate, 96 cents of every dollar goes to food and food programs.


Help us raise $450,000 to put a million meals on the tables of hungry families in Southwest Florida.

You can donate by visiting our March to a Million Meals donation page.

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