Harry Chapin Food Bank partners with Healthcare Network

food bank distribution

In partnership with the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, the Harry Chapin Food Bank Mobile Pantry distributed over 7,000 pounds of food, Oct. 22, at the Marion E. Fether Medical Center in Immokalee.

According to Harry Chapin Food Resourcing Manager Chris Robinson, the event assisted 443 adults, 452 children and 64 seniors for a total of 959 people representing 201 households.

“Diet is an important part of promoting good health, so hosting the food bank was a natural partnership for us,” said Elizabeth Alfieri, Healthcare Network Director of Clinic Operations, “We had a great turnout, which indicates a real need for these services”

“The Healthcare Network was a wonderful host,” Robinson said, “We’d definitely like to partner with them again.”

Founded in 1983, the Harry Chapin Food Bank provides food for more than 30,000 individuals each month. In the past fiscal year, the Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed nearly 12.5 million pounds of food to Southwest Floridians in need, with a food value of more than $20 million.

Established by community leaders in 1977, the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is a private not-for-profit organization providing primary medical and dental care to nearly 36,000 patients annually (25,000 children) at 13 locations throughout Collier County, including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®.

Traina Fundraising Executive of the Year

Louis_TrainaThe Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is proud to announce that Foundation Executive Director Louis J. Traina, EdD has been named the Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Everglades Chapter. Dr. Traina will be recognized during the National Philanthropy Day Celebration at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Eaton Conservation Hall.

Dr. Traina has served in public and private higher education holding positions of university advancement vice president, foundation executive director, and campus president. Earlier in his career, he served as a rehabilitation counselor and staff psychologist caring for mental health, spinal cord trauma, and addiction recovery patients. He is an experienced fundraiser, community leader, and top administrator.

He has led several multi-million dollar campaigns including St. Ann School, Edison State College, and those that brought about the naming of Hodges University, the Kenneth Oscar Johnson School of Business, the Nichols School of Professional Studies, the Fisher School of Technology, the Francis Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, and the Lavern Norris Gaynor President’s Chair.

He and his wife Meg have two children, John (18) and Julia (16).  The Traina family is active in mission work both in their community and the Bahamas serving orphans and at risk children. read more