The fifth annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk raised $340,000 on Jan. 19, when 900 participants walked through the Miromar Outlet Mall to fight hunger in Southwest Florida.
The event surpassed its $270,000 goal, thanks to Billy Fuccillo, owner of Fuccillo Kia of Cape Coral. He challenged the community by offering to match $50,000 for donations that were made to the event on Friday, Jan. 18. Southwest Floridians responded by making $70,000 in pledges and donations, which came from sponsors, businesses, groups, schools and individuals.
The Walk has raised $1 million in its five-year history. Funds from this year's Walk will help the food bank distribute more than $2 million in food and supplies to children, families, seniors and others in need through more than 160 agencies in Southwest Florida.
"Let's walk," Lois Thome, honorary Walk chair and WINK News anchor, told the record crowd of participants as they started a two-mile walk through Miromar Outlets at 9:30 a.m.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 160 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. More than one million pounds of food are distributed by the Harry Chapin Food Bank monthly. For every dollar donated, about $6 in food value goes back to the community. In the past fiscal year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 15 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $24.9 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 12.5 million meals to people in need.
For additional information about or to contribute financially to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, contact 334-7007 or go to harrychapinfoodbank.org.