June 1, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Wozniak
Office: 239-334-7007, ext. 150
Charity Watchdog awards Harry Chapin Food Bank Ninth Consecutive Four-Star Rating
The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading nonprofit watchdog organization, for the ninth consecutive time.
“This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” wrote Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, in a letter to Richard LeBer, food bank president and CEO.
Only 2 percent of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least nine consecutive four-star ratings, the letter continued. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”
The Harry Chapin Food Bank’s overall rating is 92.53 out of 100, including a perfect 100 out of 100 in the category for accountability and transparency. The detailed rating can be seen at www.charitynavigator.org.
LeBer said: “This rating affirms how seriously we take our responsibilities, including making a real impact on hunger, being good stewards of the money entrusted to us, and communicating transparently about everything we do. We are honored to be recognized.”
About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health, accountability and transparency of more than 9,000 charities. For more information, visit www.charitynavigator.org.
About the Harry Chapin Food Bank
The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading hunger-relief organization in Southwest Florida. The food bank solicits, collects and stores food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties, providing food to about 28,000 people a week.
For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide $8 in food value. In fiscal year 2016-17, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 22.3 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.6 million pounds of fresh produce. The food, valued at $37.3 million, is the equivalent of 18.6 million meals for people in need.
The food bank is also a United Way partner agency. For more information or to make a donation, call (239) 334-7007 or visit harrychapinfoodbank.org.
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3760 Fowler St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Collier County Center
3940 Prospect Ave. #101
Naples, FL 34104
Hours of Operation
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8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.