Community Cooperative is asking businesses and the community to help support a Peanut Butter & Jelly collection drive through April 21.
Peanut butter and jelly are some of the most frequently requested items at mobile food pantries because it is kid-friendly, shelf-stable, and protein-rich. Community Cooperative will be gathering supplies to keep shelves stocked all summer long at a Peanut Butter & Jelly Food Drive and Community Weigh-In April 21.
“It’s easy for school-age kids to make sandwiches for themselves without risk of cuts or burns,” said Tami Holliday, Community Cooperative’s community relations and development manager. “Of course, peanut butter and jelly isn’t just for kids, but families and seniors also rely on these pantry staples.”
In addition, the collection honors Community Cooperative’s late founder Sam Galloway Jr., who began the Soup Kitchen 37 years ago by handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches after church in downtown Fort Myers to people who needed food.
Donations are needed of any brand or type of peanut butter, almond or alternative nut butter, jelly or jam in plastic jars instead of glass. Also, no expired or homemade items or pre-made sandwiches will be accepted.
A Weigh-In to see which team and individual collected the most peanut butter and jelly is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. April 21 at Community Cooperative with prizes and fun.
For more info on the PB&J drive, email Tami@communitycooperative.com. A Food Drive Tool Kit and printable flyers are available to decorate collection boxes or bins. Financial donations to purchase peanut butter and jelly for the drive are also welcome.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services, along with county agencies, area shelters and rescues, will decorate kennels and catteries this weekend for the “Flip This Kennel” event to highlight shelter pets in the county’s adoption center.
Visitors to the shelter on Saturday can vote for their favorite flip between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. People also can vote on the DAS Facebook page by liking the picture of a favorite kennel or cattery all day Saturday and Sunday.
Winners will be posted on the Facebook page Monday.
This is the seventh annual “Flip This Kennel” event and this year’s theme is “Video Games.” Prizes will be awarded for first, second, third place and honorable mention in both in-house and Facebook votes.
The adoption center at Lee County Domestic Animal Services, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Blessings in a Backpack SWFL’s inaugural ‘Brews for Blessings’ is garnering tremendous support and excitement from the community. Because of the overwhelming interest in this event hosted at Millennial Brewing Company, Royal Palm Avenue by the family-friendly brewery will be closed on this Saturday from 3:00 – 7:30 p.m.
The street closure will provide extra space to ensure a socially-distanced, safe event for everyone. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks or face coverings, observe social distancing guidelines, and bring their own chairs to enjoy the outdoor fun while supporting a valued nonprofit.
This free event was created for families with young kids and will feature a special children’s area with a bounce house, face painting, games, and the Sno-Ball Pelican truck serving snow cones. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will offer fingerprinting and deputy badges, and will have a squad car on site for the kids to check out.
Adults will find a large selection of brews, food trucks, a silent auction, and live entertainment featuring local favorite Electric Lipstick. This high-energy, female-fronted band plays rock, dance, and funk and guarantees to leave attendees electrified.
In addition to offering food and fun, ‘Brews for Blessings’ is designed to help educate young families in our community about Blessings in a Backpack SWFL and allow them an opportunity to help feed a child for a school year. A donation of only $115 will provide meals for 36 weekends for one school-age child.
Due to various circumstances, including COVID-19, local school meal programs have seen the need for weekend meals increase, while funding and donations have declined. To combat this, ‘Brews for Blessings’ will serve to increase community awareness, raise funds and have fun.
Blessings in a Backpack’s mission is to mobilize communities, individuals, and resources to help provide food for local school children who might otherwise go hungry.
During the school week, these children are fed by federal government programs, but meals are not provided on weekends.
Millennial Brewing Company is located at 1811 Royal Palm Ave. in the Fort Myers River District.
On Saturday, March 20, 2021, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter will be hosting our first Rescue Run 5k to benefit the animals—and you can bring your dog!
Originally planned for last year, the Rescue Run 5K will finally take place starting at the Cape Coral Animal Shelter and winding through the scenic streets of The Cape. There will be a Pre-run Breakfast at 7 a.m. with the race starting at 8:00. All CDS social distancing protocols will be adhered to for everyone’s safety. Dogs are welcome and must be on a standard leash. (Retractable leashes are not allowed.)
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter could not have faced a bigger challenge in its first year of operation. With the onset of the pandemic coinciding with its opening, CCAS had to make some adjustments quickly and efficiently. As a result, 1,000 animals have found their forever homes and hundreds of pets in our community have received low-cost veterinary care in their first eleven months of operation.
“CCAS brings hope to South Florida’s homeless dogs and cats by understanding their needs and bringing an increased level of awareness to the intolerance of animal abuse in our community,” said Pamela Aubuchon, Chairperson of the Rescue Run and CCAS Board Member. “The Rescue Run 2021 5k allows each of us to be part of our mission of making a difference for the animals of our community.”
“Fundraising during the pandemic has been a huge challenge as many of our events have been postponed or cancelled” said Liz McCauley, Executive Director of CCAS. “Finding creative ways to host events but still be safe has been difficult. Because we can socially distance and this event is outside, we hope to be able to raise the much-needed funds we need to continue our work while keeping everyone safe. And how much full will it be to bring your dog for some fun and exercise?!”
If you would like to support the Cape Coral Animal Shelter by sponsoring this event or by participating in the run, please go to our website at www.capecoralanimalshelter.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register for the run at The Run Shoppe, 1407 Cape Coral Parkway E., Cape Coral.
The School District of Lee County’s Career & Technical Education Department is hosting its first virtual job fair for current seniors who plan to go directly into the workforce or are unsure of their future plans after high school graduation.
The job fair will take place from 9-10 a.m. on March 25.
Current 12th-grade students will have the opportunity to interview for local jobs via an online platform prior to high school graduation.
Participating employers must complete the registration form. An optional practice session for employers will take place at 8 a.m. on March 23 to review the online platform.