Sam Galloway Jr. & Friends announce 13th Annual Soup Kitchen Benefit

Save the date for the 13th Annual Sam Galloway Jr. & Friends Soup Kitchen Benefit: Thursday, March 10, 2016.

The event will be held at Sam Galloway Ford, located off of Boy Scout Drive and Summerlin Road. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6:00pm, with dinner and live entertainment to follow at 7:00pm.

The funds raised at the event will support Community Cooperative, the umbrella agency for the Community Cafés and Markets, the Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Healthy School Pantry and Food Literacy in
Pre-School (FLIP) programs, Mobile Food Pantries, and Social and Education Resource Centers for our hungry and homeless residents in need. Each year this homegrown fundraiser continues to be one of the most anticipated signature events in our community; local restaurants, companies and individuals donate the Old Florida style menu.

“This is our 13th year of dear friends joining together to help those in need in our community,” said Sam Galloway, Jr., founder of the event. “Hunger and homelessness continues to be a serious problem right here in our own backyard. We should not have working families living in cars and hotels or veteran’s living on the streets.”
According to Stefanie Ink-Edwards, Director of Development and Marketing at Community Cooperative, the need for emergency food and housing programs continues to grow. “We are seeing more working poor families who just can’t make ends meet and a growing senior population who struggle to maintain their independence due to declining health and limited incomes.”, said Ink-Edwards.
Community Cooperative is an innovative nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end hunger and homelessness 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 groups, churches and businesses.

For more information, call 239-332-7687, or visit
This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.