Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Inc.
3760 Fowler Street
Fort Myers FL 33901
The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida's (HCFB) mission is leading our community in the fight to end hunger.
CEO/Executive Director Richard LeBer
Board Chair Anne Rose
Board Chair Affiliation Lee Health
General Info
Former Names
Lee County Food Cooperative
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1983
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration Yes Apr 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination letterView
Other Documents
Annual Report View
2015 Impact ReportView
Impact Statement

The Harry Chapin Food Bank has been the primary safety net for children, families, and individuals in Southwest Florida since its creation in 1983. The food bank provides fresh produce, frozen meats, and other nutritious food to more than 28,000 people through a network of more than 150 non-profit partner agencies that provide direct services to clients in Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, and Collier counties.

Harry Chapin Food Bank’s acquisition and distribution programs address the need for healthy foods in underserved communities plagued with poverty, poor nutrition, chronic hunger and inadequate food sources. Many regions in the five-county food bank service area are deemed food deserts or places where nutritious foods and fresh produce are difficult to obtain. Families may not have transportation or fuel needed to travel to full-service grocery stores, and instead turn to gas stations, convenience stores and dollar stores within walking distance for food items.

In fiscal year 2016, the food bank distributed a record high 20.6 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.4 million pounds of fresh produce throughout Southwest Florida. This was an 11 percent increase from the previous year. Valued at $34 million, this food equals approximately 17 million meals for people in need.

The food bank has a partnership with more than 140 retail/grocery stores. In fiscal year 2016, we rescued more than 7 million pounds of fresh food from retailers, thus giving it to people in need. Additionally, this rescue effort saved perfectly good food from being discarded in a landfill.

In fiscal year 2016, approximately 5,450 volunteers collectively provided almost 46,500 hours of service, equating to more than $1 million of in-kind services.

Of all donations received, only 3 percent are used for administrative and fundraising expenses with 97 percent going to programs and services for our neighbors in need.

Needs Statement
  1. Mobile Food Pantry Program - $585,000
  2. Care & Share Senior Feeding Initiative - $1.1 million
  3. Fresh Produce Program - $1.6 million
  4. Retail Food Pick-Up Program - $730,000
  5. In-School Food Pantries - $2.6 million


Background Statement

What began in 1983 as a grassroots organization committed to feeding people, the Harry Chapin Food Bank (HCFB) has grown into a respected nonprofit that leads the largest anti-hunger network in Southwest Florida. We rescue food that would otherwise go to waste and provide it to a network of more than 150 partner agencies that feed people in need in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties.


In 1995, bank was named in honor of the late folk singer and anti-hunger advocate Harry Chapin, becoming the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. In 1997, the Harry Chapin Food Bank earned "certified affiliate" status from the Second Harvest National Food Bank Network, which is now known as Feeding America, the nation's largest nonprofit hunger-relief organization.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Lee
Areas Served Comments
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida serves Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee counties.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
In recent years, the Harry Chapin Food Bank Board of Directors has focused on the adoption of good governance practices.  We know that exceptional boards are mission-driven and allocate their time to what matters most, so we do our best to create an environment that will make this happen.  As an example, to ensure that a substantial portion of each Board meeting is devoted to strategic thinking, we handle much of the director education piece beforehand.  Prior to each Board meeting, our Board members receive and review written reports of operational results since the last meeting.  Examples are: committee minutes, financial reports, food distribution reports, community contacts and marketing reports.  While some meeting time is spent on questions about the reports, this process enables us to spend more meeting time on strategic priorities. Other examples of governance practices adopted in recent years include:

• A committee structure under which committees composed of Board members, and in some instances staff and community experts, focus on a particular area, such as Governance, Finance and Development. The committees file written reports and make recommendations to the Board.

• A comprehensive Board Recruitment and Nominations Policy, which specifies desirable director skills, Board diversity requirements, Board member duties and the process by which Board member candidates are identified, nominated and elected.
• An annual Board Skills Survey to identify current Board members’ skills.
• An annual Board Self-Evaluation to assess Board performance, strengths and weaknesses.
• A periodic report that tracks Board member meeting attendance and other performance.
• An annual Strategic Planning Session used to update, and in some years re-work, our multi-year Strategic Plan.
We believe that strong governance practices help create an environment that will assist the Board in carrying out its oversight responsibilities.
Keith Scoggins
Board Member
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The Harry Chapin Food Bank continues to make significant progress in the fight to end hunger. Because we rescue food that would otherwise go to waste, we have unique leverage, and are able to turn every dollar donated into $8 worth of food in the hands of agencies who feed the hungry. Our work is not without its challenges. We are working diligently to ensure that there is enough food available to feed everyone in our area who needs it. It is always a challenge to find food. We are always working to expand our food sources, whether from wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors, retail stores, growers, or local food sourcing and food drives.

Even so, our primary challenge is finding practical ways to distribute the food and the other services where they are needed. Logistics matter – people who are hungry need immediate help in a convenient and appropriate way. To this end, we are working to expand programs to meet the specific needs of the various groups we serve and to expand distribution through mobile pantries, school-based pantries and other channels.

We are also working with our agencies throughout Southwest Florida to expand their capabilities and capacity, so that clients receive the assistance and support they need to raise themselves out of poverty and hunger, and so that the food we source and distribute makes it quickly, efficiently, and safely into the hands of those who need it. All of our work requires funding, of course. We work every day to help people in our community understand what we do, and how our work helps hungry Southwest Floridians.


The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributes food directly to children and low-income families living, working, and going to school in underserved communities through the mobile pantry program, called Fulfill. Each day, our mobile pantry truck rolls into a community park, church or school parking lot, or other site. The truck doors open, and our driver and volunteers arrange an array of fresh produce, canned food, bread, and grains on tables for a line of waiting clients. We can serve up to 250 families per distribution.

Budget $585,000
Category Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
  • Up to 250 low-income families will have access to fresh food and produce through the mobile food pantry program.
  • Five mobile food pantries will be conducted each week in underserved areas.
Long Term Success

HCFB expects to offer 195 mobile pantries in the five-county service area annually.

Program Success Monitoring
Program success is monitored by the Programs Department.
Program Success Examples

Edgar, 18, was at the mobile pantry at Whistlers Cove apartments with his mother, Rosa; brothers Angel, 10, and Edwin, 11; and sister, Marlene, 6.


The food the family receives from the mobile pantry “benefits us a lot,” Edgar said. “It might give us some things here that we might not be able to buy at the store.”


When his dad goes grocery shopping, he buys necessities like laundry detergent, Edgar said. “This gives you some extras.”


Edgar is attending college in the fall at Florida SouthWestern State College as a business major. “I plan to get my general contracting license, own my own business, and work for myself,” Edgar said.



Fresh Produce: Approximately 30% of the food we provide to our clients is fresh produce that is donated by growers. These donations enable us to promote nutrition by providing fresh fruits and vegetables to clients who typically cannot afford or do not have access to such food. 

Budget $1,600,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
The short-term goal is to increase fresh produce distributions in all 5 counties.
Long Term Success

Continue to increase produce rescue and distribution.

Program Success Monitoring
The Operations Department monitors the amount and types of food the food bank acquires and distributes. It weighs these donations and the amount distributed to ensure that distribution goals are being met.
Program Success Examples
30 percent of all food distribution is fresh produce.

Retail Store Donations: The food bank has established partnerships with more than 140 grocery/retail stores, including Publix, Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Target. In fiscal year 2015, HCFB rescued 7.7 million pounds of food; of that amount, 7.0 million was able to be distributed to clients. This is the equivalent of 5.8 million meals, with a food value of $11.8 million. In fiscal year 2015, retail store donations accounted for 38% of the food distributed.

Budget $450,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success
The short-term goal is to increase partnerships with  more retail stores and grocers to increase the pounds of food donated. 
Long Term Success
The long-term goal is to increase the pounds of food donated from retailers in all 5 counties.
Program Success Monitoring
The program is monitored by the Operations Department, which tracks the number of participating stores and the amount of their donations. Drivers are assigned to particular routes.
Program Success Examples
 In fiscal year 2015, HCFB rescued 7.7 million pounds of food; of that amount, 7.0 million was able to be distributed to clients. This is the equivalent of 5.8 million meals, with a food value of $11.8 million. In fiscal year 2015, retail store donations accounted for 38% of the food distributed.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Richard LeBer
CEO Term Start Feb 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email rleber@harrychapinfoodbank.org

President and CEO Richard LeBer has a long career of community involvement, transformation and impact, with deep experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, particularly food banking, fundraising, board leadership, strategy and operations. LeBer has held numerous leadership positions, including interim executive director of the Florida Association of Food Banks, vice president at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and CEO of National Linen Service. 

LeBer is on the advisory board of the Executive Leadership Program for Nonprofit Executives in Georgia, past chairman of the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and former board member of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. LeBer is a graduate of Harvard Business School and the University of Waterloo in Canada. LeBer is married and has two grown children. 


Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Eric Hitzeman Operations Director
Kari LaFort Programs Director
Dave Najar Director of Administration, Technology, Finance
Miriam Pereira Development Director
Anna Suarez Director of HR & Administration
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 54
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 89
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 6100
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

HCFB collaborates with more than 150 nonprofit partner agencies in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee countries for the distribution of food to 28,000 people each week.  

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)
United Way Member Agency
Florida Association of Food Banks
Feeding America
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Institute of Baking (AIB)2017
Awards & Recognition
AIB CertificationAmerican Institute of Baking2017
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted July 2016
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Multi-Media Comments by Organization


Board Chair
Board Chair Anne Rose
Company Affiliation Lee Health
Board Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
William Dillon Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
David Fry Community Volunteer
Gary Gardner Volunteer
Jan-Erik Hustrulid Owen-Ames-Kimball Company
C. Robert Leadbetter Volunteer
Jeffrey Maddox Maddox Construction Company
Maura Matzko Community Volunteer
Pat Nevins Volunteer
James Nolte Wells Fargo Advisors
Kayla Richmond Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
Anne Rose Lee Memorial Health System
Bianca Ross Drug Free Hendry County Community Coalition
P.Keith Scoggins Jr.Attorney, Retired General Counsel Farm Credit System
Lois Thome WINK News Anchor
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 9
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $37,874,000.00
Projected Expenses $37,293,000.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $27,447.00
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$4,726,757$1,971,170$2,332,570
Individual Contributions$29,200,770$30,346,647$27,449,039
Investment Income, Net of Losses$644$2,396$2,434
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$1,435,384$1,432,775$1,607,579
Revenue In-Kind$29,390,175$28,140,172$26,811,021
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$34,366,880$32,441,604$31,148,681
Administration Expense$340,518$299,663$840,168
Fundraising Expense$931,179$887,676$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.021.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%96%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%3%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$8,298,572$8,931,040$8,116,317
Current Assets$2,673,662$4,106,424$3,027,707
Long-Term Liabilities$1,889,177$2,184,957$2,374,511
Current Liabilities$340,619$557,253$452,103
Total Net Assets$6,068,776$6,189,830$5,289,703
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $29,200,770Contributions, gifts, grants $30,346,647Contributions, gifts, grants $27,449,039
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $4,726,757Government Grants - Unspecified $1,971,170Government Grants - Federal $2,178,050
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $1,435,384Fundraising $1,432,775Fundraising $1,607,579
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $150,001 - $175,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.857.376.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets23%24%29%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from audited financial statements.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.  Financial information for 2015 taken solely from the Federal tax return as the uploaded audited financial statements include only the cover letter from the auditors and no financial information.  Financial information for 2016 taken solely from Federal 990 as no audit information available at time of review.
Nonprofit Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Address 3760 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, FL 34104
Phone 239 334-7007