FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 2, 2013) – The League Club, Inc. recently awarded Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. a $10,000 grant for its Bonita Elementary School Pantry Program.

CCMI’s School Pantry Program provides food to families in need on-site at schools. This approach allows CCMI to provide more food to children including fresh meat and produce for the same cost because the caretaker actually picks up the food for the child and they do not have to fit items into a backpack.

The program provides the proper nutrition kids need to thrive in school and their daily lives. Experts agree that good nutrition during childhood is critical to a child’s ability to learn. When children miss out on eating key food groups, they are deprived of essential nutrients needed for optimal cognitive functioning.

“CCMI is extremely grateful for the support provided to our School Pantry Program by the League Club,” said Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI. “This program is vital to providing food to some of the most vulnerable in our community and we are thankful for the partnership provided by such compassionate community leaders.”

The League Club, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization of women in Southwest Florida that works to strengthen communities through fellowship, education, volunteerism and philanthropy. The League Club is open to women who have been or still are active members of a Junior League and are members of the Association of Junior Leagues International.

CCMI is an innovative nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. The agency provides more than 15,000 meals each month through its Everyday Café and Marketplace and Home Delivered Meals programs. CCMI also educates 40 children in its Community Montessori Preschool, offers homeless services and comprehensive case coaching services through its United Way Resource Houses, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and supplies weekend backpacks full of food to more than 2,500 children each school year.

CCMI serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee County area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. CCMI works in partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades, Harry Chapin Food Bank and regional community foundations as well as collaborating with fellow community and service groups including The School District of Lee County and numerous churches, businesses and community support organizations.

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