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Community Cooperative’s Empty Bowls fundraiser rescheduled to April 9

Community Cooperative has announced a new date and location for its Empty Bowls fundraiser, presented by FineMark National Bank & Trust. Originally scheduled Feb. 26 at Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers, the event will now be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Centennial Park.

“Unfortunately, City of Fort Myers construction at the Alliance for the Arts has made it impossible for us to plan the event there this month,” said Stefanie Ink-Edwards, CEO of Community Cooperative. “We are pleased to bring back this popular event, now scheduled for April 9 at Centennial Park.”

Sanibel Pottery will be collaborating with this year’s event to raise hunger awareness through art. One-of-a kind handcrafted ceramic bowls made by Lee County schoolchildren and artisans will be available for purchase at the event as a reminder of those who go hungry right here in Lee County.

This year’s event will feature:

  • A soup cook-off and soup sampling from favorite local restaurants
  • Vendor area, including local artisans
  • Silent auctions
  • Food trucks
  • Family-friendly activities
  • Dance and music performances by local schools and organizations

The event supports Community Cooperative’s emergency food programs that include Sam’s Community Café & Kitchen, Community Market and Mobile Food Pantries.

Admission is free for children and $10 for adults 18 years and older and includes soup tasting and a ceramic bowl (while supplies last).

For more information, visit CommunityCooperative.com.

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 Tami Holliday at Tami@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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