We are so excited to be a part of the A Community Thrives challenge, a contest between nonprofits to see who can raise the most money for their programs! Your donation to our organization means not just feeding the hungry in our Southwest Florida community but providing a bridge to opportunity and hope. By becoming a fundraiser or making a donation, you are contributing to a bigger cause and a chance for us to win $25,000 in program funding by helping us raise the most money! Monies raised will support our Summer Drive for Hunger campaign that raises money to keep our emergency food programs well stocked through summer months when school is on break.
At Community Cooperative we are alleviating hunger and homelessness in our community by addressing key root causes. We do this by tailoring several food programs to meet the specific needs of different vulnerable populations and then following up with social and education services. For instance Meals On Wheels delivers meals, provides safety checks and offers social services for homebound seniors. Our Community Cafe serves hot meals to individuals experiencing or facing hunger and homelessness. Our Community Market provides supplemental groceries and connections to social services for working poor families and our Mobile Pantry Program reaches out to more isolated, underserved populations including children and veterans with both fresh food and non-perishables. We focus on increasing access to fresh food for low-income families and grow our own fruits and vegetables at our Able Garden. Our Food Rescue effort works with restaurants, convenience stores and other food producers to recover end of day and surplus food to reduce community food waste and use the food to feed the hungry. The key to achieving long-term solutions is not just providing food during crisis but using innovative methods of delivery to meet the wide variety of needs, connect to other services and maintain sustainability. We provide opportunities for social services, education, and follow up that addresses root causes and empowers clients to gain family and financial stability while building brighter futures!