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FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 8, 2024) – In a commendable display of community, the JROTC program across the School District of Lee County has stepped up to combat hunger in our communities through a spirited food drive competition benefiting Community Cooperative, a local nonprofit organization with a mission of ending hunger and homelessness in southwest Florida. Organized by the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs within the School District of Lee County, this food drive addresses pressing community needs and instills civic responsibility and values in all those involved.

Community Cooperative is amazed at this initiative to not only emphasize the importance of service but also the significance of involving young individuals in philanthropy from an early age. “We are thrilled to see an increasing number of young individuals stepping up and getting involved in giving back to their communities,” said Stefanie Ink-Edwards, CEO of Community Cooperative. “We are truly grateful for their support in our mission to end hunger and homelessness in southwest Florida.”

Through their contributions of food items and donations, students are making a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and families facing food insecurity in our community. The JROTC programs in the School District of Lee County encourage students to actively participate in philanthropic activities and believe in nurturing the next generation of leaders.

“The JROTC February Food Drive has been a tradition for well over a decade, says Director of Army Instruction, Col. (RET) Rodney Robinson. “The service provided is in direct correlation with the JROTC Mission, ‘To motivate young people to become better citizens.’” The hard work Lee County Cadets put into collecting over 12,000 pounds of food and almost $9,000, is true evidence the lessons are learned, and Lee County can look forward to the continued growth and service of these young adults.”

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About Community Cooperative

Since 1984, Community Cooperative has worked to effectively eliminate hunger and homelessness in southwest Florida 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.

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