Community Cooperative Full Plates Project

To ensure there are no empty plates this Thanksgiving, Community Cooperative kicked-off its Full Plates Project earlier this month and is seeking help from the community.  The organization plans to feed hundreds of families and elderly shut-in’s through The Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels and Healthy School Mobile Pantries and needs to secure 1,500 frozen turkeys and Thanksgiving side items.

“Our goal is to ensure that not one man, woman or child in Lee County has an empty plate this Thanksgiving and we need the support of our local community to make this happen,” says Tracey Galloway, CEO of Community Cooperative.  “There are more than 100,000 people at risk of being hungry every day in Lee County and its important to our agency to make sure that no one is alone and hungry during the holidays.” 

Businesses and individuals interested in being a part of the Full Plates Project can donate turkeys and family sized, traditional, Thanksgiving sides or the funds to help support the purchase of such items. Food donations can be dropped off to the main office located at 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. no later than Friday, November 18th. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 2143, Fort Myers, FL 33902.

For more information, to host a “Full Plates Project” food drive or to make a donation, please contact Nicole Rieg at or call (239)332-7687 ext. 101. 

Community Cooperative 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 14,000 meals each month through its Community Cafés and Marketplace and Meals on Wheels programs. Community Cooperative offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through its Social & Education Resource Centers and oversees emergency mobile food pantries as well as Healthy School Pantries and Food Literacy in Preschool (FLIP) through its Growing Health Kids Programs.

A proud United Way partner, Community Cooperative serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee County area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres and Fort Myers Beach. Community Cooperative works in close partnership with, The Harry Chapin Food Bank and The School District of Lee County as well as collaborating with fellow community and service groups, churches, businesses and community support organizations.

For more information, call 239-332-7687 or visit

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