ESTERO, Fla -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank has more ammo in the fight to end hunger across southwest Florida. It's all thanks to the annual WINK News hunger walk.
More than 700 people walked with a single goal in mind.
We're going to be thinking about how many people that we can feed this year," said walker Alexa Groth.
They hit the pavement Saturday morning in the 4th Annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk. It's a push to end hunger in southwest Forida, one step and donation at a time.
Harry Chapin Board member Sandy Robinson says he's overwhelmed with the support that's grown over the years. "the first year it was tough to get things going and rolling and now, four years later, we're at a point where it looks like we might have raised $300,000 for this event," he said.
That estimated $300,000 raised today translates into $1.8 million worth of meals to be spread across the five county area. Every dollar donated, Harry Chapin can turn into six dollars worth of food in a time where the need is at its highest.
"That's feeding kids, that's feeding seniors that's feeding the disabled and that's feeding people that are just trying to find a job," explained Harry Chapin CEO Al Brislain.
Officials say it's an event that wouldn't be possible without the generous help from sponsors and individual walkers with a passion for giving back to their neighbors.