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Community Cooperative adds additional food pantry Oct. 20 for veterans and their families

Community Cooperative has added a second monthly mobile food pantry for veterans and their families on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lee County Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic in Cape Coral. The second monthly date was added to meet the growing need for area veterans for food assistance.

The mobile food pantry is one of Community Cooperative’s most innovative ways to bring food into neighborhoods that lack resources and access to large retail stores with fresh food and grocery products.

At the now twice-monthly pantries, veterans and their families will receive a week’s worth of shelf-stable food, meat and fresh produce. The VA recently honored Community Cooperative with the inaugural Bay Pines Director’s Club award for its food assistance program at the Lee County VA Clinic.

The mobile food pantries have returned to the pre-pandemic walkup model with full registration. In addition, the Community Market is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon for groceries at the main campus, 3433 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers.

In addition to the mobile food pantries, community partner locations in Bonita Springs, Lehigh Acres and Pine Manor are offering free COVID-19 vaccines for individuals 18 years and older at some food pantries.

To see the full schedule of food pantries, or to donate or volunteer, visit https://communitycooperative.com/what-we-do/mobile-food-pantries/ or call 239-332-7687.

About Community Cooperative

For 37 years, Community Cooperative has worked to effectively eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County 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. Community Cooperative is an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to it and serves clients with compassion and integrity. 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. For more resources and information on how to get involved, contact Stefanie Edwards at Stefanie@communitycooperative.com or call (239) 332-7687. Monetary donations are always welcomed and can be made directly at www.CommunityCooperative.com, or mailed to: Community Cooperative, P.O. Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL 33902.

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