2017-03-16 / Top News

2017 Empty Bowls fundraiser March 25 at Alliance for Arts

The Community Cooperative Empty Bowls fundraiser, presented by Suncoast Credit Union, is Saturday, March 25 at the Alliance for the Arts. 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 hungry in Lee County.

This year’s event will feature a soup cookoff and soup sampling from local favorites, a painting area sponsored by Painting with a Twist Fort Myers, bites from Jonesez BBQ , family friendly activities, dance and music performances by local schools and organizations and more. It supports 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, contact Nicole Rieg at Nicole@CommunityCooperative.com or call 332-7687, ext. 101.

Community Cooperative is an nonprofit 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.

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 332-7687, ext. 101, or visit www.communitycooperative.com. ¦

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