Community Cooperative and PACE Partner For Innovative Food Choices for Students

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school-lunch-healthyFORT MYERS, FL. (September 4, 2015) – Community Cooperative and PACE Center for Girls of Lee County are collaborating to provide fresh, homemade meals for the students at the school in association with the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

Tracey Galloway, CEO of Community Cooperative, says, "Community Cooperative recently underwent a kitchen expansion at our Fort Myers campus that provided the opportunity to receive new accreditation as an approved catering and food service vendor.   We can now provide healthy alternatives to local schools and other agencies receiving meals at reasonable prices."

"Each school day, we deliver breakfast and lunch freshly prepared using regional or locally produced fresh fruits and vegetables," says Meghan Madden, Division Director of Food Programs at Community Cooperative.  "Our goal is to expose the girls to new flavors that are both fresh and healthy by providing innovative and creative food choices."

As a participant in the NSLP, the PACE schools is reimbursed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for each lunch and breakfast meal served provided they meet established state and federal regulations and is provided by an approved vendor, such as Community Cooperative.

"The students are thrilled by the change in the food program," said Meg Geltner, Executive Director of PACE.  "They are eating the meals because they like what they are being served and, while the food tastes good, it's great to know that it is healthy for them as well.  The food is sustainable and they can learn better when they aren't hungry!"

"We know that children experiencing food insecurity are at greater risk for truancy, poor grades and drop outs," says Galloway.  "We want to make the meals provided to the PACE students to be their best meal of the day."

About Community Cooperative - 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, Community Marketplace, and Community & School Mobile Markets as well as Meals on Wheels programs and offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through its Social & Education Resource Centers.

A proud United Way partner, Community Cooperative serves the greater Fort Myers area with campuses in Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach and mobile services in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, and Lehigh Acres. 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.