Published: Jan 06, 2013 8:48 AM EST
Updated: Jan 06, 2013 9:04 AM EST

Estero, Fla. -- Join us for the 5th Annual WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk presented by Panera Bread on January 19, 2013, at Miromar Outlet in Estero.  Every $1 you raise will provide $6 worth of food to our neighbors in need. Form a team, register as an individual or become a sponsor today!  We are "Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope" in Southwest Florida. It's free to sign up!

Businesses interested in becoming a sponsor or providing support for the hunger walk should contact Marta Hodson, 334-7007, ext. 132, or email

This year's goal for the Hunger Walk is $270,000, which will result in $1,620,000 in food being distributed to our area's hungry through the Harry Chapin Food Bank's 150 participating agencies in the five-county area of Southwest Florida.

In the fiscal year of 2008/2009, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed more than 6 million pounds of food throughout the five county area.  Last fiscal year, the food bank distributed approximately 12.5 million pounds of food.  Because of the improved facility and logistics, the Harry Chapin Food Bank has increased distribution by 108%, giving more than 1 million pounds of nutritious food per month to those in need in Southwest Florida.