Sam Galloway Jr. & Friends announce 12th Annual Soup Kitchen Benefit

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FORT MYERS, FL. (January 30, 2015) – One of the season's most anticipated events will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Sam Galloway Jr. & Friends Annual Soup Kitchen Benefit will be held at the Sam Galloway Ford, located off Boy Scout Drive and Summerlin Road. Cocktails start off the evening at 6:00pm, with dinner following at 7:00pm. The Gulf Coast Symphony, led by Maestro Andrew Kurtz, will present "Gershwin, Berlin & More!"

The money raised at the event assist in the funding for Community Cooperative, the umbrella agency for the Community Cafés and Markets, the Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Healthy School Pantry and Food Literacy in Pre-School (FLIP) programs, Mobile Food Pantries, and Social and Education Resource Centers for our hungry and homeless residents in need. The event has sold out for several years and continues to be one of the signature events in our community. Each year, local restaurants, companies and individuals donate the southern-style menu including barbeque chicken and pork, fried chicken, coleslaw, fried shrimp, cheese grits, swamp cabbage, gourmet meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gumbo, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, fresh green beans, corn bread, banana pudding, homemade cookies and gourmet chocolates.

"This is our 12th year of some dear friends and businesses joining together to help those in need in our community," said Sam Galloway Jr. "Hunger continues to be a serious problem in our own backyard. More and more of our neighbors and their children need help and it doesn't seem to be getting any better."

According to Tracey Galloway, CEO of Community Cooperative, the need within the Southwest Florida community continues to grow. "There are over 3,400 documented homeless individuals in Lee County; more than 1,200 are children," says Galloway. "Our mission is to end hunger and homelessness in Lee County by addressing the root causes and finding sustainable solutions to achieve long term success for our clients."

Community Cooperative is an innovative nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. The agency provides more than 14,000 meals each month through its Community Cafés and Marketplace and Meals on Wheels programs. Community Cooperative offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through its Social & Education Resource Centers and oversees emergency mobile food pantries as well as Healthy School Pantries and Food Literacy in Preschool (FLIP) through its Growing Health Kids Programs.

A proud United Way partner, Community Cooperative serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee County area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Fort Myers Beach. Community Cooperative works in close partnership with, The Harry Chapin Food Bank and The School District of Lee County as well as collaborating with fellow community and service groups, churches, businesses and community support organizations.

For more information, call 239-332-7687, ext. 6 or visit www.CommunityCooperative.com.