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Community Cooperative launches summer ‘School’s Out, Hunger’s Not’ campaign

By Staff | Jun 7, 2024

As the school year comes to a close, the challenge of summer hunger begins for many children in our community. To address this critical issue, Community Cooperative launched its “School’s Out, Hunger’s Not” campaign, aimed at ensuring no child goes hungry this summer.

During the school year, many children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition. However, when school is out, these meals are no longer available, leaving many families struggling to provide enough food for their children.

Community Cooperative’s mission is to bridge this gap by creating “Hungry Hungry Kiddo Kits” – boxes filled with nutritious food items that will be distributed to children throughout the summer months.

“We need your help to fight childhood hunger in Southwest Florida this summer. Sadly, we know families are facing food insecurity in every neighborhood within our community,” said Stefanie Ink Edwards, CEO of Community Cooperative. “No child should ever have to worry about how or when they will eat their next meal.”

With your help, children in Community Cooperative’s many programs will receive a grab-n-go Hungry Hungry Kiddo Kit filled with nutritional and easy-to-access foods. These kits will ensure bellies will stay full this summer and will be distrusted through Community Cooperatives Mobile Food Pantry Program, partner organizations, Community Market, and Sam’s Community Café & Kitchen.

How can you support Hungry Hungry Kiddo Kits?

• Sponsorship — $25 per kit

• Host a Food Drive — communitycooperative.com

• Donate Wish List Items:

— Easy to heat Canned Food

— Breakfast Granola Bars

— Fruit Cups

— Cereal

For more information about Community Cooperative’s “School’s Out, Hunger’s Not” campaign, to view the wish list, or to make a donation, please visit CommunityCooperative.com or contact Jade Bird at Jade@communitycooperative.com.

About Community Cooperative

Since 1984, Community Cooperative has worked to effectively eliminate hunger and homelessness in southwest Florida while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education, and social service programs. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to its core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. Through collaboration and ongoing education, Community Cooperative supports and strengthens those whose lives have been affected by hunger and homelessness, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary to transform their lives with dignity.