Community Cooperative Kicks-Off “Summer Drive for Hunger”

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summer drive for hunger 2015FORT MYERS, FL – (May 12, 2015) – Community Cooperative has partnered again with Sam Galloway Ford to ease the strain of summer hunger with the fourth annual "Summer Drive for Hunger." The goal is to collect 25,000 pounds of food and raise $ 25,000 to support the hungry families in our community.

"For some families, school being out means a certain kind of freedom. For the families we serve, it means just the opposite, "says Tracey Galloway, CEO of Community Cooperative. "The summer months can be the cruelest season for families who can't rely on the schools to feed their hungry children. More than 70 percent of Lee County students qualify for free/reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year. One out of every six of our neighbors is food insecure and cannot depend on consistent meals."

The "Summer Drive for Hunger" kicks off with the first of several collection events scheduled for the coming months at Saks Fifth Avenue, located at the Bell Tower Shops. On Thursday, May 14, 2015, from 5-7pm, Saks will be collecting non-perishable food donations and/or cash contributions and provide music, refreshments, raffle prizes, and 10% of the sales from the evening, all in the "fight against summer hunger" in our area. Each person who donates food and/or a cash contribution will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win $ 5,000, which will be selected on August 18, 2015, at Sam Galloway Ford.

Sam Galloway Ford has generously committed to donate $1 for every pound of food donated through August 18th. Additionally, several other donation events are scheduled including:

Cru Restaurant Lulu's Gift Emporium

Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S Cleveland Ave #241 9140 West College Pointe Drive, No. B6

Fort Myers, FL 33907 Fort Myers, FL 33919

Thursday, June 25, 2015, from 5-7pm Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 5-7pm

Jennifer's Women's Clothing Store

13451 McGregor Blvd # 1, Fort Myers, FL 33919

During the month of June 2015, with in-store collection event date TBD

Please help a child smile this summer by donating to fight hunger and help keep our pantry shelves full of food. For more information, call 239-332-7687 or

About Community Cooperative - 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 and offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through its Social & Education Resource Centers.

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.