Community Cooperative Seeks Summer Meals on Wheels Drivers

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mtam-social-1FORT MYERS, FL – (June 1, 2015) – Community Cooperative is in need of volunteer drivers for its Meals on Wheels program to fill summer vacancy schedules from seasonal drivers.

"We are very appreciative of all our volunteers who give their time and support to the Meals on Wheels program so that our homebound seniors don't go hungry," said Tracey Galloway, CEO for Community Cooperative. "It only takes an hour or two of volunteering to help a senior in need. We are hoping our local families with students or teachers on summer break will select a morning or two to fill in some. It's a great opportunity for businesses in the off-season as well."

Community Cooperative serves more than 400 homebound seniors and more than 8,000 meals each month through its Meals on Wheels program. The agency relies solely on volunteer drivers to cover its current routes and transport delivery to drop-off locations across Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, Estero and Bonita Springs.

Transport drivers are needed to pick up coolers containing hot meals prepared at our MLK location and delivering them to route starting points in South Fort Myers (4 stops), Bonita Springs (1 stop) and North Fort Myers (4 stops). Pick up is at 8:30am Monday through Friday and takes anywhere from 1-2 hours. (An SUV, van or truck is recommended due to the amount of coolers needing transport.) Both Transport and Route Drivers must have current drivers' license and insurance.

Route drivers are needed in the following locations:

1. Central Fort Myers –Departs from our office at MLK Blvd. between 10am -10:30am; makes 12-18 stops; takes an average of 2 hours to complete route. (Five routes need drivers.)

2. Bayshore Road Area (North Fort Myers) –Departs from VIP (Visually Impaired Person's Center).

3. Lehigh Acres – Departs from Lehigh Community Services (Lehigh United Way House).

4. Cape Coral – Depart from the Cape Coral location (1105 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral) – Three routes need drivers.

The Meals on Wheels home delivery program delivers hot, nutritious and well-balanced meals weekday mornings, including extra for the weekend, to Lee County residents who are elderly, ill or disabled and unable to shop or prepare their own food. Drivers provide daily nutrition and contact for homebound residents regardless of their ability to pay.

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.