Suncoast Credit Union Sponsors Empty Bowls Event

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suncoast credit unionFort Myers, FL. (January 29, 2016)—Community Cooperative is pleased to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Empty Bowls fundraiser. The event is set to take place on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Alliance for the Arts. In addition to Suncoast Credit Union, the Lee Arts Education Program will also be collaborating with this year's event to raise hunger awareness through art. One of a kind handcrafted ceramic bowls made by Lee County school children will be available for purchase at the event as a reminder of those that go website graphichungry right here in Lee County.

"We are very excited to partner Suncoast Credit Union for this event," said Tracey Galloway, CEO of Community Cooperative. "Their organization has such a positive impact on the youth in our community. Suncoast Credit Union is a great fit for Empty Bowls as we raise money and awareness for our children-based programs. Their future is our future."

This year's event will also feature a soup cook-off, soup sampling, family friendly activities, dance performances by local schools and organizations and more to support Community Cooperative's mission to end hunger and homelessness in Lee County. Admission is free and wristbands for the soup sampling will be available for purchase for a small donation at the event. Money raised at the event will benefit Community Cooperative's Healthy School Pantry and FLIP (Food Literacy in Preschool) programs.

To register as a participant of the soup cook-off, or for more information about sponsorship, please contact Nicole Rieg at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 239-332-7687 x101.

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 x101 or visit