Published: Jan 22, 2014 3:06 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The 2014 WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk reached its goal of $300,000 on Saturday, at Miromar Outlets in Estero.

Larry Lipman, president of Lipman Produce, generously donated more than $10,000 to ensure that the Harry Chapin Food Bank reached its goal.

Each dollar donated to the WINK News Feeds Families Hunger Walk will provide $6 worth of food to those in need in Southwest Florida. The $300,000 raised will enable the Harry Chapin Food Bank to distribute more than $1.8 million in food to families in our community through a network of more than 150 partner agencies in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

This year’s presenting sponsors were Garden Street Iron & Metal, Inc. and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Smart Companies was a major sponsor. Gold sponsors were Florida Gulf Coast University and Lipman.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank solicits, collects and stores quality food for distribution to families in need through a network of 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Hendry, Charlotte and Glades counties that provide food to more than 30,000 people monthly. More than 1 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 16.6 million pounds of food and other grocery items valued at more than $27.6 million. This is roughly the equivalent of 13.8 million meals to people in need.

For additional information about the Harry Chapin Food Bank or to make a financial contribution, call 239-334-7007 or go to