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Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Southwest Florida Means Families Won't Go Hungry

Jun 06, 2022 06:39PM ● By Stephanie Hatley

Photo Courtesy of Community Cooperative's website

In April, Community Cooperative in Fort Myers held a peanut better and jelly drive. Since kids love PB&J sandwiches, Stefani Edwards, CEO of Community Cooperative, thought collecting these staples would help local families. She explains that the people coming to the food pantry are employed and working to support their families but still struggling to put food on the table. With the rising cost of gas, food, rent, and other necessities, southwest Florida families are needing help.

Edwards says, "We’re starting to see more and more individuals, different families than we’ve ever seen before who are starting to come and utilize our services. They’re having a hard time. They’re having a hard time making ends meet. And organizations like Community Cooperative are here to help them with food assistance when they need it.”

In 2021, Community Cooperative fed 40 households each day, totaling about 43,000 people. She wants to make sure with schools out for the summer that kids and their families have food on their table. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out.

If you're interested in supporting the mission of Community Cooperative and help your neighbors who are struggling in southwest Florida, visit the website to learn about specific needs and ways to donate and volunteer.